The president of Gremio has confirmed that he will try to bring Milan star Ronaldinho to his first club...
Ronaldinho spent the first eight years of his footballing career at the Porto Alegre outfit, and is currently in the city spending Christmas with his family. With a move back to Brazil looking a definite possibility, club president Paulo Odone revealed on Monday that Gremio will do all they can to bring the World Cup winner back to his home town.
"We want him to stay here. We have to end this complex which tells us that we cannot contract the best players, players of [Ronaldinho's] level. Ronaldinho was called up by the national team and he would have far more opportunities here," Odone told a club press conference earlier today.
Although clearly unable to match the vast sums the playmaker earns in Europe, Odone affirmed that he will attempt to forge a deal similar to that which keeps Ronaldo at Corinthians - with considerable amounts going to the player as a percentage of sponsorship and marketing agreements. The president believes that he can convince potential investors to contribute to the player's financial package, as in the long term he will prove to make money for the club.
"Ronaldinho would pay for himself; and more than that, he will help us pay the bills," Odone asserted.
Gremio are just one of the clubs said to be interested in the star, with Palmeiras and Flamengo also showing an interest.