Ronaldinho set to end his retirement just an year after declaring it, as the Brazilian legend is in talks with Maltese club Birkirkara FC.
Ronaldinho ended his career in the Brazilian league in January 2018, while playing with Fluminense, is now reportedly ready to come out of his retirement to play once again professionally.
According to a report by the Times of Malta, Ronaldinho is currently in talks with the Maltese Premier league side Birkirkara FC for a move this summer.
— Times of Malta (@TheTimesofMalta) July 18, 2019
On the other hand, Birkirkara’s Technical Director Michael Valenzia has confirmed that “talks are ongoing” about a potential deal.
“I can confirm that there exists the possibility that Birkirkara FC could sign Ronaldinho. There is nothing yet concluded but talks are ongoing and one has to be patient and see how things evolve.” he said.
It is speculated that the move for Ronaldinho has been made possible by the Maltese club after, they penned a deal with some new sponsors, who happen to be in contact with Ronaldinho.
“At the moment we are in talks with foreign investors who are ready to act as sponsors to our club and during negotiations it came out that some of the persons involved have a connection with Ronaldinho’s entourage.” Valenzia told Times Of Malta.
“Ronaldinho’s people are interested in seeing the player joining a small club and are keen to promote this deal.
“Surely, such a transfer would give our club a massive lift not only from a playing aspect but also from a marketing point of view as Ronaldinho is among the top 20 players in the history of football.” he further said.
“But we need to be patient as negotiations are quite complex with many aspects such as image rights being discussed so we just have to wait and see.”
Even though Ronaldinho retired over an year ago, but he kept taking part in several footballing events. The former Brazilian International coming out of retirement for a club in Malta will be a huge deal for the league, but the deal is yet to be confirmed.
How twitter reacted
Ronaldinho looks set to return to football 18 months after retiring… ✍️
The football king is returning! 😍 https://t.co/KiXYxxBJ6j
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) July 18, 2019
Despite hanging up his boots, Ronaldinho could be set for a shock return to football – in Malta. claimed by Argument on Thursday that Birkirkara are close to agreeing terms to sign the Brazilian who has not played competitive football since 2015. Now that would be some return… pic.twitter.com/YL2Qc0rBOn
— Lilian Chan (@bestgug) July 18, 2019
— Gianluca Lia (@gianlia96) July 18, 2019
Dagens sjuka rykte 😮😅
Ronaldinho till BIRKIRKARA FC (Malta)
— Betsson 🇸🇪 (@BetssonSV) July 18, 2019
Ronaldinho to Malta? pic.twitter.com/pQZ73IlqhF
— Dan (@DanSandberg95) July 18, 2019