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The Brazilian returned to his home country in 2010 after a nine-year spell in Europe but has been linked with a move to Turkish side Besiktas recently

Former Barcelona star Ronaldinho showed he still had something to offer in Atletico Minero’s Liberdores Cup winning run in 2013, capping a successful year by being crowned the South American Player of the Year.

The Brazilian also well played his part in helping Atletico win the local state championship and finish third in the recently concluded Club World Cup in Morocco.

Despite this, the 33-year-old is available on a free transfer after his contract at Atletico expired, causing Turkish club Besiktas to take notice and enquire about his availability.

However, the former Balloon d’Or winner’s wages may prove to be a stumbling block, although Besiktas are looking for sponsors to pay part of his salary.

Indeed, the majority of Goal Singapore readers agree that the former AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain player still has something to offer to a European side with 30.5% voting for him to return to European football with Besiktas.

In fact, 49.5% feel the Turkish league is beneath the former World Cup winner and that he should return to Europe, but at one of Europe’s bigger leagues instead.

With the playmaker keen to make Brazil coach Luis Scolari’s World Cup squad, Ronaldinho may be keen to move to Europe to prove he can still compete in against tougher opposition, especially since his last European stint at Milan was considered a disappointment. He has also previously expressed a wish to retire at PSG.

Even then, it is even debatable if Ronaldinho is in Scolari’s plans as the Brazilian boss has failed to even call up Ronaldinho for Brazil’s last match against Chile in November.

Many will also wonder if Ronaldinho will be able to adapt to European football having last played there three years ago in 2010.

This can be seen by the 20% of readers who voted that Ronaldinho should instead remain in South America, possibly because they believe his best years may be behind him.

Ronaldinho made 18 appearances and scored nine goals last season and is also wanted by Brazilian club Palmeiras, making it highly likely that he will be at a new club at the end of the transfer window.

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