Ronaldinho joins Atletico Mineiro after Fla spat

Jun 05, 2012, 11:02 IST | AFP

"We are happy to announce we have managed to bring Ronaldinho to Atletico," said his new club president Alexandre Kalil on the team website after netting the 32-0year-old former Barcelona and Milan star and ex-world player of the year.


Ronadinho, World Cup winner in 2002, will receive around 150,000 dollars in basic salary a season compared with nearer 600,000 at Flamengo, according to Lancenet web portal.

Pele meanwhile defended Ronaldinho amid criticism of his recent showings for "Fla".

"I think it's a little unjust - he is no longer the Ronaldinho of ten years ago but he is talented... Flamengo are not doing well and as a result neither is Ronaldinho."

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