Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Ronaldinho deal a steal for Milan?
by Joe Addison, July 17th, 2008 7:01AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Despite Ronaldinho's much-publicized problems with weight, partying and missed training sessions, most pundits seem to agree that Milan has gotten the better end of the deal that has sent the Brazilian from Barcelona.

Barcelona pocketed $35 million from the sale of Ronaldinho to AC Milan, a figure that will rise to $41 million if the Italian club qualifies for the 2009-10 Champions League. But that sum is considerably less than the $50 million offered by Premiership side Manchester City earlier in the week and seems infinitesimal when compared to the $90 million AC Milan offered a summer ago.

In Ronaldinho, Milan acquires a two-time FIFA World Player of the Year who at 28 can offer a few more years of magic, provided he stays committed.

But even more mouth-watering is the Brazilian triangle that will lead AC Milan's attack. Ronaldinho will team up with 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year Kaka and exciting 18-year-old Alexandre Pato to form a dangerous front line.

Working with his countryman, it seems, was a defining factor in Ronaldinho's decision to spurn Manchester City's advances in favor of the San Siro.

"It's true. I really wanted to come to Milan. A lot of things happened and at the end I became Rossonero," he said. "It's great to find so many Brazilians, and also so many other champions wearing the Milan jersey."

Ronaldinho's move to Milan will also allow him to participate in the Olympics. Coach Dunga called up the gifted dribbler along with Real Madrid's Robinho and Fluminense defender Thiago Silva as Brazil's three overage players in the U-23 tournament.

After Dunga's announcement, Barcelona publicly stated that it would not release the player for the Games. Milan, however, will honor the player's commitment to his country.

"We respect the obligation that he took on before he came to Milan," club vice-president Adriano Galliani told reporters.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti also supports Ronaldinho's trip to Beijing, saying, "It is a chance for him to find his fitness. When he comes back, he will be ready. He will only need to learn his place in our system."

Ronaldinho will join Milan teammate Pato in China but Kaka will not be making the trip. Kaka expressed interest in playing at the Olympics, but the Italian side made it clear they would not release him. According to FIFA guidelines, clubs do not have to release overage players.

Milan also brought in Mathieu Flamini from Arsenal at the beginning of the summer on a free transfer. The club is hoping for a turnaround after a disappointing last season. Milan finished fifth in Serie A and will now play in the UEFA Cup instead of the more prestigious Champions League.

Barcelona, in the meantime, has wasted little time in splashing around the cash raised from Ronaldinho's sale.

Belarusian midfielder Alexander Hleb joins the squad from Arsenal for $24 million.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Klinsmann: 'We did a lot of good stuff'    
The USA's 3-2 loss at Denmark on Wednesday gives Coach Jurgen Klinsmann's team a post-2014 World ...
TV Report: ESPN3 will air 120-plus NASL games    
ESPN3 will carry a minimum of 120 North American Soccer League games during the 2015 season, ...
Road to Russia: Heroics from U.S. collegians and prep star    
Heroics by a pair of former U.S. college goalkeepers highlighted the start of the long World ...
MLS Week 4: Vancouver loses Manneh for Timbers' match    
Vancouver will be without young Gambian star Kekuta Manneh for Saturday's Cascadia Cup game against Portland ...
French Guiana stuns Honduras in Gold Cup playoff    
Not so fast yet on that USA-Honduras match to open the Gold Cup. French Guiana, which ...
World Cup on ESPN garners six Sports Emmy nominations    
ESPN received six Sports Emmy Award nominations for its coverage of the 2014 World Cup from ...
Rewind: Breaking down the USA's late-game collapses    
The USA continued its recent trend of late collapses with the worst one of all, blowing ...
Video Pick: Too much celebration proves costly    
Players from Mozambique club Ferroviario Maputo celebrated so much after scoring against Zambia's K-Stars they weren't ...
What They're Saying: Jason Kreis    
"I'm a huge fan of Xavi Hernandez. I think he would be a huge player in ...
Tulsa brewer handcrafts Roughnecks Pale Ale    
The USL's Tulsa Roughnecks will offer Roughnecks Pale Ale, brewed by Tulsa-based craft brewer Marshall Brewing ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives