SPORTSEGGHEADMarch 22, 2020 at 5:03 pm
Ronaldo de Assis Moreira popularly Known as Ronaldinho needs no elaborate introduction in the footballing world. The 40 – year – old 5ft 11 inches tall attacking midfielder/forward Brazilian born footballer probably inherited his skills from his father – Joao de Assis Moreira, who was a shipyard worker and a footballer for a local club known as Esporte Clube Cruzeiro. His mother on the other hand was a salesperson who later became a Nurse. The genius soccer player started his career with Gremio (in Brazil) at the age of 18 in 1998 from where he moved to Paris Saint – Germain (in France) in 2001 and immediately became the protege of Austin Jay-Jay Okocha of Nigeria. He was an integral part of the Brazilian team that won the 2002 World Cup. Ronaldinho would sign for Barcelona in 2003 and metamorphosed into an icon in no time due to his mesmerizing skills he displayed on the pitch every time and a trademark grin which endeared him to so many soccer fans all over the world. He played for Barcelona between 2003 – 2008 alongside the likes of Samuel Eto’o, Iniesta, Xavi and Lionel Messi who was a relatively young player at that time. Ronaldinho was reputed to be instrumental to Barcelona winning the UEFA Champions League during 2005/2006 season, while his great exploits at Barcelona deservedly earned him the following awards among numerous others; FIFA World Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005. Ballon d’Or in 2005 and FIFA FIFPro World XI in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The great soccer superstar left Barcelona for AC Milan in 2008 where he played till 2011. After leaving AC Milan, he would play for Flamengo, Atletico Mineiro, Queretaro and Fluminense. He eventually announced his retirement from the beautiful game of football on the 16th of January, 2018.
But despite his enviable achievements as a footballer or soccer player, his life off the field and after retirement has sometimes been marred with controversy which has resulted in him having a brush with the law in some occasions. In 2018, he was found guilty by a court in Brazil for building an illegal fishing platform on Lake Guaiba without permission and was consequently fined $ 2. 3 million because of the damages he caused to other people’s properties. Fortunately for him, he wasn’t able to pay the hefty fine. The current serious problem he’s grappling with has to do with entering Paraguay with his elder brother illegally and with fake passport. The question is; why? For what purpose? Why would a popular figure like him and a role model to many do such a thing? The most serious and scary aspect of the offence is that if he’s found guilty, he stands the risk of spending the next six months behind bars with his brother. While nobody wishes him bad luck and as we are all earnestly praying for him to receive mercy and be released, serving a term in jail may unfortunately mean; “From grace to grass” for an ICON. But at the same time and as he turned 40 on the 21st of March, 2020, we all wish him HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We still love him greatly and may be it is time for him to seriously consider taking up a coaching job in order to be properly engaged and also transfer his football knowledge and some of his skills to the younger footballers. Having said this, do you think taking up a coaching job would keep him out of trouble? Or would you love him to transfer his football knowledge and some of his skills to the younger generation of footballers? Your opinions are welcomed please!Reply