Legend hangs up his football boots

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Two-time FIFA World Player of the Year and FIFA World Cup™ victor Ronaldinho has retired from professional football, bringing to an end a two-decade career on the pitch adorned with medals, trophies and a legacy of outrageous talent.

Brazilian legend Ronaldinho has officially retired from football following a glittering 20-year professional career.

Ronaldinho's former teams and current and former players used social media to send the 2004 and 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year their thanks and best wishes as his soccer career ends at age 37.

On Tuesday his agent Roberto Assis told the Associated Press that Ronaldinho's plans include being a football ambassador for Barcelona, doing charity and working with music. "Let's do something pretty big and nice [for his farewell] after the Russia World Cup, probably in August".

Ronaldinho began his career in Brazil with Gremio, before moving to Paris St Germain in 2001.

Ronaldinho hasn't played professionally since leaving Fluminese in 2015.

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Modern LaLiga history might have panned out very differently if Barcelona president Joan Laporta had managed to secure promised marquee signing David Beckham in 2003.

Neymar says Ronaldinho's artistic style may never be matched after the Barcelona and Brazil icon's retirement from football was confirmed.

Ronaldinho earned the last of his 98 Brazil caps against Chile in April 2013.

Assis suggested his brother may play in some farewell matches, including one with the Brazil national team.

He also featured for Brazil at the FIFA World Cup in 2002 and 2006 and scored 33 times in 97 games for the Selecao.

He later joined AC Milan where he won the Serie A title in 2010-11 and then moved to Brazilian side Flamengo in 2011 before spells at Atletico Mineiro, Queretaro in Mexico and Fluminense.