Ronaldinho bids farewell to the football fields

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"He's quit football, it's over", Assis told O Globo.

Further revealing the forthcoming plans, Roberto added, "Let's do something pretty big and nice after the Russia World Cup, probably in August".

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Ronaldinho also helped Brazil to win the 2002 World Cup, making 97 appearances for his country during a 14-year worldwide career which also saw him score 33 goals.

The former Barcelona star, part of the triumphant Brazil 2002 World Cup squad, won the Champions League in 2006 - a year after having collected the Ballon d'Or.

"There is no (tribute match) arranged right now, but I'm sure we'll do one after the World Cup". He's held in the highest regard there.

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While he had been playing indoor football and even though there was still a chance he could play and get a contract, he has hung up his boots for good at the age of 37.

Notably, Ronaldinho has earlier hinted at getting retired officially when he said that he was "too old" to return to professional football in July a year ago.

The Brazilian superstar was the catalyst for the Blaugrana reclaiming their place at the top of world football after several poor years under Louis van Gaal.

But the arrival of Pep Guardiola signalled the end for Ronaldinho in Spain as he struggled to adapt to a change in playing style adopted by the new coach and was accused of a lack of focus and something of a questionable work ethic. Ronaldinho enjoyed that honour in November 2005, turning in a mesmeric display as Barca tore Madrid apart in an emphatic 3-0 win.

Ronaldinho and Messi played for a brief time together and it led to the Brazilian producing one of the best quotes ever after being awarded the Ballon d'Or.

He began his playing career with playing for Gremio in his home country, before moving to Paris Saint-Germain in 2001.

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