With Brazilian legend Ronaldinho now a free-agent, a move to Major League Soccer is a real possibility after years of speculation.
The 34-year-old left Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro on Monday and is set to decide where his next move will be by next week with offers from all over the globe.
New York Red Bulls have been linked with a move and they should seriously consider making one as the long-term future’s of Tim Cahill and Thierry Henry remain up in the air.
Cahill could go home to play in Australia at the end of the current season while Henry is believed to be considering retirement, as Red Bulls head of global soccer Gerard Houllier suggested on Saturday.
Ronaldinho would bring in a world-class playmaker and a huge name to help the team on and off the field, something increasingly important with New York City FC set to enter the league with a bang next year.Embed from Getty Images
A problem would be that the Ballon d’Or winner does not speak English, and this would hinder his marketing potential for the franchise, though his footballing ability cannot be questioned.
Red Bulls officials are believed to have met with Ronaldinho’s representatives during the World Cup in Brazil but did not speak about a potential move.
They may now be back in contact though with the former Barcelona and AC Milan star available as a free-agent.
His age would not be a problem with his agent and brother Roberto Assis claiming that he could play “until he’s 42”.Embed from Getty Images
Henry joined as a 32-year-old and is still tearing defence’s apart at 36, so Ronaldinho’s arrival would undoubtedly make the team better as an attacking unit.
His arrival could even convince Henry to stay for another season as the pair played together at Barcelona in the 2007-08 season.
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