Ronaldinho sent packing

Ronaldinho has parted company with Fluminense by mutual consent – just two months after arriving at the Maracana.

The World Cup winner joined the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A side on July 11, with the attacker penning an 18-month contract with the Rio-based outfit.

However, Ronaldinho made just nine appearances for Fluminense and, on Monday, he formally asked to be released – a request that was promptly accepted by the club.

“Fluminense hereby announces the termination of the contract with the athlete Ronaldinho Gaucho, amicably and by mutual agreement,” a statement read.

It had been reported that Ronaldinho had repeatedly turned up for training in poor physical condition, allegedly due to his party lifestyle, but Fluminense insisted that the former Ballon d’Or winner had behaved impeccably during his short stay.

“From the first contact with the directors, the athlete and his representative addressed the club with professionalism and respect,” the statement continued. “The same positive attitude was demonstrated in routine activities.

“Fluminense and Ronaldinho will maintain their ties and plan to work on other projects in the future.

“It should be noted that the deal met marketing expectations, increasing ticket sales, the number of shirts sold and commercial partners.

“The Ronaldinho deal also showed that Fluminense can arouse the interest of the greatest players in world football.

“Fluminense thanks Ronaldinho and wishes him good luck in the next stage of his journey.

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