The Brazilian magician has been quick to quash the rumours, taking a kick at the Spanish paper that published the seemingly unfounded whispers...Milan ace Ronaldinho has denied stories that claimed he was considering retirement from football.
Spanish paper Sport published an article on Sunday that alleged the Brazilian superstar is ready to hang up his boots. However, 'Dinho' has rubbished the report.
A statement on his official website reads, "Contrary to what Spanish newspaper SPORT published in its September 2009 issue, I have never considered retiring.
"The news is frivolous and comes from a sensationalist newspaper. Football is and always has been a source of joy to me. I am very happy to be in Milan playing for AC Milan, just as I was happy in all the other cities and clubs before.
"I'm a firm believer in criticism, whether positive or negative, as long as it based on founded and true facts. Publishing false information, on the other hand, is unacceptable.
"Generally speaking, media outlets throughout the world always place a high value on trying – above all things – to collect reliable statements from the involved party, or at least a true, trustworthy and authorised source.
"SPORT Newspaper, since my time in Barcelona, have always been quick to publish untrue and ill-intentioned stories about me.
"It is undoubtedly a witch hunt. Newspapers that publish untrue stories are not trustworthy.
"I assure everybody that my contract with Milan only ends in 2011 and I intend to stay here in Milan for that period. Together with my team-mates, we will fight to conquer all titles possible."
Milan travel to Udinese tomorrow night, and Ronaldinho may start the game.
Salvatore Landolina, Goal.com