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Ronaldinho joins Atletico-MG

June 5, 2012
By ESPN news

Atletico Mineiro have announced the signing of former World Player of the year Ronaldinho after the player walked out on his Flamengo contract last week.

Ronaldinho has endured a tough year since returning to Brazil
GettyImagesRonaldinho has endured a tough year since returning to Brazil

Ronaldinho, 32, went before the Labour Court to rescind his deal at the Rio de Janeiro side - citing unpaid wages and bonuses totalling more than £10 million. Within days, though, he has found a new home.

The six-month deal with Atletico will run until December, with the star's wages substantially lowered from the €500,000 a month he was receiving in Rio de Janeiro.

"I want to play well, to help Atletico-MG to success little-by-little and hopefully to be a champion. I will only gain the confidence of the fans by winning and playing well," Ronaldinho told reporters at his unveiling.

"I returned to Brazil to win titles and now I have another chance. I'm focused on that and just want to be champion with Atlético in these six months of employment. What happened with Flamengo is in the past. Now it's a new phase in my career and my future is with Atletico."