Ronaldinho's football farewell: "I did what I loved most..."

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Ronaldinho's football farewell: "I did what I loved most..."

The former Barça player gave his thanks to everyone involved in his career and to those who sent well wishes after he announced his retirement.

On Tuesday, Ronaldinho's brother confirmed that the Brazilian star had officially retired from playing professionally. Since that moment, tributes have not stopped pouring in for a player who brought a smile to the Beautiful Game. Today, the former Barça player and Ballon d'Or winner took to social media to express his gratitude and say Thank You in an open letter to fans and fellow professionals.

Ronaldinho and Messi during a friendly in 2008.

Ronaldinho says Thank You

“First I would like to thank God, for the life he has given to me, my family, friends and for giving me my first profession. After almost three decades dedicated to football, I am leaving the game - my biggest dream - a dream which I have realized. I did what I love doing most, professionally for 20 years and 10 learning my trade. As a kid, I lived my dream intensely - every single moment, away trips, victories, defeats, the walk back to the changing rooms, going out onto the pitch, the boots I wore, playing with good football and poor quality ones, the accolades I received, the amazing footballers I played with, the players I admired and ones I only played with and against on the PlayStation, but who I still admire today. To sum it all up, it was incredible. My father and my family supported me a lot to help me to get to where I am, it was a team effort. We reached the first part of my journey with a wonderful story to tell...", Ronaldinho wrote.

"You all know what I am like, and know that I am quite shy and am not used to talking very much, but I would like to say Thank you very much, from my heart because I was able to do what I love doing with the help of everyone - coaches, fitness trainers, boards of directors, executives, fans of the teams I played for and fans from rival teams, the man who drove the team bus, the lads in the dressing room, referees and the press. Thank You, we built this story together, without you none of this would have been possible... In March, we will announce the next stage of my farewell but for now, I just want to express my gratitude. I remember that famous saying "Gracias Vieja!" for being my source of inspiration for so long and accompanying me in so many victories!!! Thank you for all the message and affection! A big hug, playing this sport made my life and profession so happy".

Obrigado Sr. meu Deus, por esta vida que me deste, família, amigos e minha primeira profissão!!! Após quase três décadas dedicadas ao futebol, me despeço do meu maior sonho, sonho realizado!!! Fiz o que mais amei profissionalmente por 20 anos, e 10 como formação de base. Vivi intensamente este sonho de criança, cada instante, viagens, vitórias, derrotas, a resenha, hino nacional, a caminhada no túnel, vestiário, entrada em campo, as chuteiras que usei, as bolas boas e ruins, homenagens que ganhei, os craques que joguei, os que admirei e joguei e os que só joguei no play, mas admiro até hoje! Enfim tudo foi incrível!!! Meu pai e minha família me apoiaram muito pra chegar até aqui, foi um trabalho em equipe. Chegamos ao fim da primeira etapa com uma história bonita pra contar… Vocês me conhecem, e sabem bem que sou tímido e não tenho o costume de falar muito, mas tenho que dizer a vocês muito obrigado, de coração, de alma lavada, pois fiz o que amo com a ajuda de todos, treinadores, preparadores, comissões inteiras, dirigentes, torcida a favor e contra, o motorista do ônibus, o roupeiro, o gandula, o árbitro e a imprensa. Obrigado, construímos juntos esta história, sem vocês nada seria possível… No mês de março faremos um anúncio de como será esta despedida e os próximos passos. Por enquanto, aqui vai meu muito obrigado ⚽. Aquela frase famosa “gracias vieja” por ser a minha fonte de inspiração por tanto tempo e companheiros de muitas vitórias!!! Obrigado a todos pelas mensagens e carinho!!! Um abraço forte, fui muito feliz fazendo deste esporte a minha vida e profissão.

Una publicación compartida de Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (@ronaldinho) el

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