Forward - #10
Contract: Jun 2014
Wage: €130,000 / week
Flamengo have confirmed via their official website that they have signed star playmaker Ronaldinho on a three-and-a-half year contract.
Milan - Ronaldinho's former club - will be paid €3 million to transfer from the Rossoneri to the Mengao, and the 30-year-old will earn a €130,000-a-week wage, which is expected to be partly paid by investors Traffic and Olympikus.
Rubro-Negro president Patricia Amorim revealed the club remained competitive throughout the negotiations, and are delighted to announce their new signing.
"We have the pleasure of announcing the presence of Ronaldinho for the next four years," the president told a press conference. "Flamengo had the grace to stay competitive throughout negotiations, but still work hard.
"From this point onwards, we will only talk as 'us' and not 'I'. Flamengo is too big for one person to run things. I would like to thank the legal department, [Wanderley] Luxemburgo, and, most of all, the Flamengo fans.
"Everyday, everywhere, there were people asking about Ronaldinho. This was the fuel which got negotiations off the ground. This project began from the first day I arrived as president.
"We are not just bringing a player, rather a challenge to all our professionals to do better. I thank the directors for their discretion and wisdom throughout the negotiations. This is what I have been aiming for throughout my term here.
"Many people criticised [Ronaldinho's brother and agent Roberto De Assis] but we understood the signals. He said, 'it was Milan who would decide. And we went to Milan. There were hints that he may not have agreed terms with other clubs.'
"We do not feel better than anyone - but in this process, we were successful. We have had a difficult year, but we are forming a solid base for this year. The fans can repay us for this by filling the stadiums and buying our merchandise, that is what we want in return," she concluded.
Team-mates Leo Moura and Felipe have already tweeted their satisfaction about the new signing.
"Congratulations to the Rubro-Negro nacion for this great conquest! Our club deserves to have the biggest stars! R10, welcome to the Mengoooo," the 26-year-old right-back said on his Twitter account.
"Now it's official, R10 is in the Mengao!!!" Felipe wrote.
The former FIFA World Player of the Year is expected to the presented officially to the media on Thursday.
Ronaldinho was seen as being on the way out after coach Massimiliano Allegri constantly left the star on the bench during league matches. With the Rossoneri's interest in then-Sampdoria striker Antonio Cassano intensifying after his fall-out with the Blucerchiati, the via Turati side took the chance to sign the player, meaning the Brazilian was even more on the fringes of the club.
The former Barcelona player was then linked with a return home and a romantic reunion with Gremio, the team he played for before moving to Europe. English side Blackburn Rovers were also interested in the player, but Ronaldinho wanted a move back home. Flamengo and Palmeiras were also keeping an eye on proceedings, and upon Gremio pulling out of a deal, the Mengao moved in and have now secured the striker.