Ronaldinho, the Brazilian legend, has been offered a contract by Basinstoke Town to join them in the sixth tier of English football. Yes, you read that correctly, Basingstoke Town want Ronaldinho and the local paper are reporting the bid is officially on table!!
Ronaldinho started his career in his native Brazil with Grêmio before earning a move in 2001 to Paris Saint-Germain for €5m. He played 55 times in Ligue 1 scoring 17 goals and of course at the 2002 World Cup with Brazil, famously lobbed England goalkeeper David Seaman to knock them out in the Quarter Finals.
In the summer of 2003, Barcelona purchased the smiley attacking midfielder for €30m where he made 207 appearances for the club. He scored 94 times with 69 assists as he won La Liga twice, two Supercopa de Españas and a UEFA Champions League. Since then he has had spells at AC Milan, Flamengo and Atlético Mineiro and has 97 Brazilian caps to his name with 33 goals.
The World Cup winner is thought to still be keen on playing regular football with a number of offers made for the 34-year-old. Basingstoke Town’s marketing director Simon Hood said about the potential coup: “Discussions have been had, and there is an offer on the table. Now it is up to Ronaldinho to decide whether he wants to take us up on it. He is on a free transfer and if he wants to get into English football, I cannot think of a better way to do that than by signing for Basingstoke Town.”
Will Ronaldinho be making his debut for Conference South side Basingstoke Town soon? Or will another club be able to tempt him to our shores?