Speculation is rife in Sao Paulo concerning the next destination of Ronaldinho following the announcement that he is not only leaving but is suing his former club Flamengo.
Should the Brazilian, known here as Ronaldo Gaucho, seek to leave his luxury condominium in Rio’s wealthy suburb, Tijuca, for another in Sao Paulo then Palmieras might be likely candidates but some are already speculating that then Santista might be tempted to join Neymar in his home town, Santos.
Although this would create a Brazilian dream team, it’s questionable whether Santos, already stretched by Neymar’s European size wages, have the resources to employ a second superstar.
Meanwhile, Ronaldinho is asking Flamengo for $20 million in unpaid wages. His lawyer announced yesterday that a judge had ruled in favour of his request to have his contract terminated.
He told Brazil’s UOL website that suing Flamengo was the last thing he wanted to do: “I waited as long as I could,” he said. “But it got to the point where enough was enough.”
On the streets of Sao Paulo many are wondering whether this marks the end of an illustrious playing career which included winning the World Player of the Year award on two occasions but some take a cynical view accusing him of only being interested in money.