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Ronaldinho’s Turned Down United Before – So Why Blackburn?

Ronaldinho Maarten Stekelenburg of AFC Ajax is helped up by Ronaldinho of AC Milan during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between AC Milan and AFC Ajax at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on December 8, 2010 in Milan, Italy.

Now that the new Blackburn owners have confirmed that they have bid £6.2 million for AC Milan star, Ronaldinho, we must think up reasons as to why he would want to join less than glamorous Blackburn Rovers – other than the reported £130,000 a week wages.

The 30 year-old Brazilian has been subject to bids from both Manchester United and Manchester City in his career, and has turned down both of them. He turned a big money United deal down in 2003 when he chose to move to Spain and play for Barcelona, and he turned City down during Thaksin Shinawatra’s reign in 2008 after a £25.5million bid – instad choosing a move to Milan. So why Blackburn now?

It would be great to see Ronaldinho playing in the Premier League, and although way past his best would bring a lot of skill and flare to England, just as he has at all the clubs he has been to, but it is understandable that people are a little shocked about Blackburn’ interest.

He doesn’t seem to suit their playing style, but I think the deal is most probably being done by the owners, and not the manager. The Venkey’s have become unpopular among fans after the strange sacking of Sam Allardyce and have admitted that they know nothing about football. There are some names in football however, that everyone has heard because of the universal interest in such good players. Ronaldinho is one of them. Having won prestigious awards such as the FIFA World Player of the Year and the European Player of the Year among so many others, as well as playing for some of the best teams in the world and lighting up the World Cup in 2002 (and winning it), you don’t really have to know football to know Ronaldinho.

The signing is one that would potentially bring a wider interest into Blackburn Rovers and one that would make the Venky’s a lot more money through shirt sales and merchandise. They see owning Blackburn as a business and nothing more, much like many other owners of football clubs, and are only interested in making money.

Having said that, being the brilliant player he is (or was) will still add more quality to the Blackburn side, and might even attract other players who dream of playing alongside such a footballing legend, and would be a good bit of business – that is if they can persuade him to join over Brazilian club Gremio – the front runners for his signature.

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