Newcastle rejected shock deal for Champions League-winning forward

Newcastle have passed on a staggering move to sign Ballon d’Or-winning forward Ronaldinho, according to reports from The Sun.

The 35-year-old Brazilian is currently a free agent after leaving Fluminense in September of last year after a difficult return to his homeland following a spell in Mexico.

Although he was named the best player on the planet in 2005, and lifted the Champions League trophy with Barcelona in the same year, Ronaldinho’s stock is now pretty low given his wild off-field antics and age, but he’s not yet ready to retire, and reports claim that his agent approached Newcastle to sound out the Tynesiders.

However, the Magpies refused to follow up on any possible move, leaving ‘Ronny’ without a club.

And his agent, Barry O’Connor, has admitted that the experienced star’s wage demands may be an issue going forward:

“Asking any club to pay that amount for a 36 year old no matter what his past pedigree is a big ask.”

Ronaldinho’s best bet for another challenge would appear to the free-spending Chinese Super League, where his reputation and global appeal would surely alert some of the biggest sides.

The 97-cap Selecao man has played for AC Milan, Flamengo, Atletico Mineiro, Queretaro and Fluminense since leaving Barca back in 2008.