Former Brazilian star Ronaldinho retires from football

Former Brazilian star Ronaldinho has retired from football, some three years after his last game, his brother and agent said late Tuesday.

"He has stopped, it is ended," Roberto de Assis Moreira was quoted as saying by Brazilian media. Ronaldinho, 37, last played for Brazilian club Fluminense in 2015.

The attacking midfielder Ronaldinho is known as one of the most creative players of his generation and was twice world footballer of the year. He won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2006 along with two Spanish titles and was a Serie A winner with AC Milan in 2011.

And in 2002 he lifted the World Cup with Brazil following a 2-0 win over Germany in the final.

"Camp Nou's ever-smiling magician," Barca tweeted in tribute while AC Milan hailed: "the man who enchanted San Siro and every football fan."

A significant farewell, touring the world, is now planned.

"We will do various events in Brazil, Europe and Asia and, of course, we are arranging something with the Brazilian team as well," his brother said.

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