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    Ronaldinho Announces His Retirement

    Ronaldinho Gaucho has announced his retirement from soccer at aged 37. He played his last professional match in 2015 for Fluminense and has now officially surrendered to the march of time.
    His brother and agent, Roberto Assis, confirmed the news and also indicated that plans are afoot for a series of farewell events in Brazil, Europe, and Asia. Ronaldinho’s long-time sponsor, Nike, will be actively involved in the farewell tour.
    In 2008 Forbes listed Ronaldinho as 38th in its Celebrity 100 and estimated his annual income at $37M – $13M coming from Barcelona and the rest from sponsors such as Pepsi and Nike.
    At his peak, Ronaldinho played like a force of nature. Speed, guile, and superb technique he combined with the ability of a natural showman. No move was too audacious, no shot on goal too outrageous.
    And of course, after each bit of skill that had us up off our seats, there was the toothy engaging grin that made him a marketers dream.
    Few would argue that his best years were with Barcelona but he could have so easily have finished up at Manchester United.
    forbes.com