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Report: Ronaldinho's Flamengo contract terminated after legal dispute

Ronaldinho (Getty Images)

Ronaldinho is reportedly up for grabs.

According to reports out of Brazil, the former two-time FIFA World Player of the Year has won a legal dispute against Flamengo over $20 million in unpaid wages and other payments and as a result has been freed from his contract with the club. Flamengo can appeal the decision, but either way, it appears that the player's time with the Brazilian club is over, especially based on this statement released by Flamengo on Thursday.

After leaving AC Milan in 2011, Ronaldinho had been linked to MLS, specifically the Los Angeles Galaxy, prior to returning to his native country instead and signing with Flamengo. Ronaldinho, 32, has suffered a gradual dip in form since the height of his playing days. Although he has managed to score seven goals in 20 games across all competitions in 2012, his play was recently the subject of much scrutiny among Flamengo coaches and fans. He was also left out of Mano Menezes' roster for Brazil's current string of friendlies, likely ending his hopes of being an overage player on the Selecao's Olympic team.

What do you think of this development? Do you want to see a team in MLS make a run at signing Ronaldinho?

Share your thoughts below.

  • bigprof

    exactly what i was thinking. i think his three option are America, Redbulls or LA. I dont see him going to qatar or china. i think he wants to remain somewhat in the continental region of brazil


  • oscarinfw

    If it helps Donovan get to Everton, then I will be all for Ronaldinho going to the Galaxy.

    I’d like to see him at FCD for selfish reasons but as someone noted before, he’d be out injured within 2-3 weeks.


  • Eric K

    If we’re talking about the Ronaldinho from like 5 years ago, sign him. But the current version, 32, doesn’t work hard or train hard, is that worth it? He’d get here and we’d find out very quickly if he wanted to remain a proper professional player or it was an extended vacation. I’m afraid of the skills he could bring to bear with the right attitude, but I’m equally afraid of the damage he could cause. For the cost involved, I’m not sold on the idea.


  • Mike

    It’s not about how him coming to the league would affect us (current MLS fans). We mostly not care less. The fact is, he would bring in new fans to the league, which I think is a good thing. This would help RedBull’s growth (i’m a union fan) by getting more of the Brazilian Harrison population to games. If they can do that, then NY2 is a viable option in my opinion, creating a good rivalry which would be good for attendance and especially tv ratings…a bit of assuming but hey, one can dream.


  • Will

    Marquez improves Red Bull play when he is on the pitch….Reunited with Ronaldinho he would would be even better.


  • Brewer

    At this point in his career KFC has more upside than the other 2. When is in form, he is money.

    Red Bulls need to get younger and more energetic….not older


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