For almost a decade he had the whole of Europe at his feet. Between 2001 and 2010, Ronaldinho mesmerized fans of Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and AC Milan with his breathtaking skills, twice picking up the FIFA Ballon d'Or award and lifting FIFA World Cup™ and UEFA Champions League trophies along the way. Now 30, the charismatic Brazilian has decided it is time to return home.
News of Ronaldinho's decision to swap Italian giants AC Milan for Rio de Janeiro's Flamengo first surfaced around two weeks ago, with the 87-time international citing the need for first-team football to get back in contention for a Seleção recall ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in his homeland. According to the users of FIFA.com, the mercurial playmaker's return to Rio was the most spectacular move of the current transfer window.
New objectives, major challenges
In last week's survey, Ronaldinho collected 45.12 per cent of votes to finish above Edin Dzeko (19.43) and Ibrahim Affelay (16.9) as the most exciting transfer of the current window. Bosnian goal-getter Dzeko made the step from 2009 Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg to Premier League big-spenders Manchester City, while Dutch winger Affelay traded Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven for Ronaldinho's former side, Barcelona.
Also among the favourites were Antonio Cassano (8.1 per cent), Martin Demichelis and Luca Toni (both 4.44), as well as Fredrik Ljungberg (1.57). Eccentric Italian frontman Cassano was suspended by Sampdoria last October but has now found sanctuary at AC Milan, while Argentinian international defender Demichelis, realising his chances of a starting berth under Louis van Gaal at Bayern Munich were slim, opted for a move to Malaga. Cassano's compatriot Toni left Genoa for traditional Serie A powerhouse Juventus, and experienced Swedish midfielder Ljungberg departed the MLS, where he had appeared for Seattle Sounders and Chicago Fire, for pastures new with Scottish heavyweights Celtic.
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