Return Of Ronaldinho: Is The AC Milan and Brazilian Genius Back to His Best?

Ivan SoldoCorrespondent IIOctober 4, 2010

MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 26:  Ronaldinho of Milan looks on during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Genoa CFC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on September 26, 2010 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)
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Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, better known as Ronaldinho, is probably the most talented player in the beautiful game of football, best known for his exceptional dribbling ability.

What Might Have Been

Ronaldinho's career began with the Gremio youth squad. Most people don't know that in 2001, Arsenal expressed interest in signing Ronaldinho, but the move collapsed after he could not obtain a work permit because he was a non-EU player who had not played enough international matches.

Also, Ronaldinho almost joined on loan to Scottish Premier League side St. Mirren, though that move also collapsed due to his involvement in a fake passport scandal in Brazil.

Who knows what would happen if he actually moved to Arsenal or St. Mirren? A lot of things would definitely change.

The Move to Barça

In 2001, Ronaldinho signed a five-year contract with French side Paris SG in a €5.1 million transfer. In Paris, Ronaldinho showed his great talent, which led to a big transfer to Spanish giant Barcelona.

Originally Barcelona president Joan Laporta had promised to bring David Beckham to the club, but following his transfer to Real Madrid, Barcelona entered the running for Ronaldinho and outbid Manchester United for his signature in a €32,250,000 transfer.

In Barcelona he showed perfect form, and every football fan was in love with Ronaldinho football. He scored and assisted so many times. It was all about Ronaldinho.

On 19 November 2005, Ronaldinho scored twice as Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 3–0 on the road in the first leg of El Clasico. After he sealed the match with his second goal, he received a standing ovation from the Madrid fans. That was a nice gesture from Real Madrid fans, who recognized great football.

Italian Adventure

In July 2008, Ronaldinho turned down a £25.5 million offer from Manchester City to join Italian Serie A giants Milan on a three-year contract thought to be worth around €6.5 million a year, for a fee in the region of  €18.5 million.

In Milan he has been trying to revive his career. For the first season he did okay by scoring 10 goals and assisting 8 times in 35 matches, which is a solid stat after first season. In his second season he manage to score 15 goals and have 17 assists. He was the best Milan player that year, but trophies didn't come.

Every Ronaldinho fan is wondering if they will be able to see the "old" Ronaldinho once again. Sometimes he shows "old" Ronaldinho, while at other times he looks like a lazy guy that doesn't care about his teammates and fans.

Ronaldinho definitely has what it takes to repeat his great days from Barcelona, but he lacks motivation, and his hunger for trophies is probably vanished.

But lot of football fans, especially Milan fans, think that Ronaldinho could be great once again.