Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho has formally confirmed his retirement from football, more than two years since his last appearance as a professional, reports in Brazil said Tuesday.
In a world of Neymars and Paul Pogbas, Kaka may be a misfit, but the endearing, timeless football that Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite showcased will forever be his legacy.
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All players at the competition will have their wrists scanned by MRI to check they weren't born before 1 January, 2000.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Manchester United wonderkid Angel Gomes pivotal to England's hunt for maiden title
At the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, England's highly-rated Angel Gomes could possibly be one of the star attractions who will be the cynosure of all eyes.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: After Neymar, Xavi, Iniesta and Ronaldinho, which new gem would be unearthed?
From the planet's costliest player Neymar to 'tiki-taka' kings Xavi and Iniesta to the ultimate sorcerer Ronaldinho, the FIFA Under-17 World Cup has been the cradle for many famous players.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Can Vinicius Junior shrug off burden of expectations and deliver Brazil first title since 2003?
At 17, Vinicius has already seized the attention of the world. Be it for the €46 million Real Madrid paid for him or his silky skills. Can he deliver at the U-17 World Cup?
Ronaldinho won Brazil's first FIFA U-17 World Cup 20 years ago in Egypt. He is the only player to have won both FIFA U-17 World Cup (1997) and FIFA World Cup Finals (2002) titles.
Spokespersons for the event confirmed the absence of the former Manchester United greats Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, but made no further immediate comment.
With two minutes to go for the third quarter, Ronaldinho scored his fourth goal again with ease as he counted the goals to rousing audience.
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Legends of Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid were to play an exhibition match in memory of Dutch legend and Barcelona star Johan Cryuff.
Neymar said he was already feeling at home at Paris Saint Germain after scoring twice in a dazzling display in his second match for the French club following his record transfer from Barcelona.
Ronaldinho, who represented both Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona during a decorated career, said only Neymar knows what is best for his own career.
Premier Futsal has also announced that they have signed a three-year contract with Ronaldinho.
Former FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldinho will visit India on Friday and explore his future with Premier Futsal, a variation of football played indoors.
World famous footballers Ronaldinho and Ryan Giggs returned from Pakistan on Sunday night, expressing surprise at the "passion" for the game in a cricket-crazy country.
Nicolas Anelka, Robert Pires, David James, George Boateng and Luis Boa Morte are also scheduled to play in Pakistan.
Ronaldinho, Ryan Giggs and other stars to play two exhibition matches in Pakistan to promote football
Ronaldinho is the lead attraction among the group dubbed "Ronaldinho and friends" which is set to play in Karachi on Saturday and in Lahore on Sunday.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Perennial favourites Brazil seek to set tournament alight with beautiful football
Brazil U-17 coach Carlos Amadeu told Firstpost in an exclusive interview: “You need to respect the identity of your country. Brazilian football is known for being beautiful. I believe in winning matches, but playing beautifully is the main priority."
The countdown for the final of the Fifa U-17 World Cup 2017 began on Friday with the City of Joy gearing up to stage the marque clash exactly six months from now.