PSG hire Brazilian legend
A legend at the hold... Brazil and former PSG player Ronaldinho has today been unveiled as the new manager of Les Rouges-et-Bleus.
After the shock resignation of Laurent Blanc, Paris Saint-Germain have hired former legend Ronaldinho as their new manager on a one year deal, shocking fans even more.
This news comes after former manager Laurent Blanc resigned, saying that the French side were "never his dream". Very few people had thought the Brazilian superstar would be his successor, and he'll definitely have a lot to live up to in the new season after Blanc won three trophies in his single season at Parc des Princes.
Ronaldinho, who has the full name Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, becomes PSG's eighth manager since 2003, and his decision to become manager of the European giants means he has officially retired from football, ending his career at Atlético Mineiro.
Speaking of his new role, Ronaldinho said, "Being a former PSG player, it's a great honour to be their manager, like many great players have gone on to do. PSG are a club with a great history, and it's tremendous to be part of it as a player and as a manager."
In Ronaldinho Gaucho's playing career, he played for Gremio for three years, making fifty-two appearances and scoring twenty-one goals. This was when he captured the attention of clubs across the world.
He signed for Paris Saint-Germain in 2001 for €5m and made fifty-five appearances in the two years he was there. as well as scoring seventeen goals.
Gaucho then made the move to Spain to play for Barcelona for a large fee of €30m and, from 2003 to 2008, made 145 appearances and scored a very impressive 70 goals, proving he was worth his large price tag.
In 2008, he joined Italian side A.C. Milan, who signed the midfield star for an overall total of around €24m, but his two year stint had a couple of injuries and he played seventy-six games, scoring twenty goals.
Deciding to go back to his home country, he went off to Flamengo, where he lasted around two years and scored fifteen goals in thirty-three games before terminating his contract over financial issues.
This was when he made his final move to Atlético Mineiro, just four days after leaving Flamengo. He played fourty-six games and scored sixteen goals, and there were rumours he would renew his contract back in January, but instead he has chosen to retire and join PSG as a manager.
Former teammates have taken to Twitter to congratulate the Brazilian star on his new job, with Clarence Seedorf, Rivaldo and current Brazil squad member and newly signed PSG player David Luiz being a few.
Clarence Seedorf: Congratulations @10Ronaldinho on his manager job at PSG! He'll find out how great yet stressful it is being a manager very soon, but I wish him all the best! Maybe a Champions League match between us both will take place? Haha."
Rivaldo: "I want to congratulate Brazil legend @10Ronaldinho on being new PSG manager! Great achievement mate! #ParisSambaGermain"
David Luiz: "Wow! I've only arrived at PSG to have @10Ronaldinho coaching us! Can't wait to see you in training, new boss! #ParisSambaGermain"
Ronaldinho may have been persuaded to join PSG as a manager because of the fantastic finances they have, with a huge budget of at least £40m to spend on players, and that's with the signing of David Luiz. If he decides to sell all of the "deadwood players" in the team, Les Rouges-et-Bleus could be a dark horse this Champions League.
PSG's new manager is revealed as Brazilian legend Ronaldinho, surprising people across the world. After a recap of Ronaldinho's career, you find out what people have been saying about the new appointment, with all reception positive, and then consider what the Brazilian will do with the finances his new club has.
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