Two-time FIFA World player of the year and World Cup 2002 winner, Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho has announced that he will officially retire from football (both club and country level) in 2018. The former FC Barcelona star, who took centre stage in the football world after his transfer to Catalonia club from PSG was without a club for the past 2 years. As per reports, Ronaldinho already suggested that he is open for negotiations with prominent football clubs in Brazil after his fallout from Fluminense FC where he represented the club for just three months and decided to terminate his contract in September 2015.

Albeit the Brazilian star’s disappearance from the competitive league football, the ambassador for FC Barcelona has remained a headlining figure exhibition competitions around the world like the Premier Futsall in India. The 36-year old after staying household name in the world of football from 2003 to 2007 has made up his mind to hang up his boots from the beautiful game next year in 2018. “There is this chance, I think I’m saying goodbye to football next year, officially,” Ronaldinho was quoted as saying during a press conference. “I might play some farewell games for the teams I’ve played for, it’s something we’ll have to think about sometime soon,” he added.

While revealing his post-retirement plans, Ronaldinho said he will be looking forward to his musical projects along with his football schools as the back to back FIFA World player of the year in 2004 and 2005 wants to continue inspiring younger generation. “Once I’m retiring from football, then I’m moving forward on my musical projects, my football schools. It’s something new for me, I’ll have to adapt,” the UEFA Champions League winner with Barcelona said in a statement.