Ronaldinho joins Milan
Rome, July 16:
Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho agreed on Tuesday to leave Barcelona and sign for AC Milan in a deal reported to be worth $30 million.
“AC Milan and FC Barcelona have reached an agreement for the transfer of Ronaldinho,” said Milan in a statement. Barcelona and Milan officials held talks in the Catalan capital on Tuesday to thrash out the details of the 28-year-old’s move. The Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Milan will pay Barca $29.5 million for the World Cup winner with the figure likely to be increased by performance-related bonuses.
The news of the deal was a bodyblow to Manchester City who had offered 32 million euros for the two-time world player of the year. Ronaldinho scored 70 goals in 145 appearances for the Barca.
Meanwhile, Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti is looking forward to having Ronaldinho in his team the club aims to bounce back from their disappointing 2007-2008 season which saw them finish in fifth place in Serie A and miss out on Champions League qualification.