The first time I laid eyes on the story linking Liverpool with AC Milan’s Ronaldinho I’m sure I shared the same reaction as most reds fans in thinking, ‘great, more tabloid crap’. The story seems to be gaining momentum however, with more news outlets taking notice of it, and our own Brazilian rising star, Lucas Leiva chipping in his opinion of his international team mate in the hope that we sign him.
What’s more is that the more you read about this bizarre transfer rumour the more realistic it seems to become, especially when you consider that Ronaldinho is down the pecking order at AC and is available for free in the summer. The only stumbling block would seem to be his wage demands as he currently roughly earns a whopping £7.5 million a year and would need to take a huge pay cut if he were to sign for Liverpool.
Some may argue that he’s past it now but at 30 years of age I believe he still has enough time to recapture some of his old form and it would be an absolute dream to see a trio of Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Ronaldinho leading our front line. For me, the former Barcelona star is one of the players that fits the term ‘form is temporary, class is permanent’ and any opportunity to snap him up for a cut price should be seriously looked at. It may have been a good four or five years ago now but Ronaldinho at his best took technical football skill on the pitch to a whole new level with his unique playing style, and I was genuinely disappointed to see that he wasn’t able to keep it up for too long.
You may call it wishful thinking but the change of scenery and a chance to play in the new surroundings of the Premier League may just be the kick-start Ronaldinho needs for his career; along with that I can see Liverpool’s squad being lifted by the signing of such a huge footballing icon. Damien Comolli mentioned recently that strange things could happen in this transfer window, and I can see his point; besides, who would have guessed a few years ago that the likes of Robinho and Carlos Tevez would sign for Manchester City or that Joe Cole would leave the Champions to join one of their fiercest rivals for many years.
However much truth there is in this particular story remains to be seen, but going along with the scenario of it being genuine, would you be happy with the signing of the former World Player of the Year, Ronaldinho?
Written By Mark Wilson at the excellent Live4Liverpool website