Ronaldinho extends deal with Atletico Mineiro

09 January 2014 09:01

Former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho has signed an extension to his contract with Atletico Mineiro, the Brazilian side's president announced on Thursday.

"The supporters are very demanding, but the guy (Ronaldinho) loves them. He has renewed (his contract)," wrote Alexandre Kalil on Twitter, without offering any further details.

The 33-year-old Ronaldinho, a World Cup winner with Brazil in 2002 and a winner of the Copa Libertadores with Atletico last year, was due to be a free agent at the end of this year and had been a target for Turkish side Besiktas.

Brazilian press reports claimed that the Istanbul outfit had offered the former Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and AC Milan player an annual salary of 6 million euros ($8.2m) to sign for them.

Ronaldinho moved to Atletico, from the city of Belo Horizonte, from Flamengo in June 2012, and has scored 35 goals in 70 games for them.

He was part of the side that finished third at the Club World Cup in Morocco in December.

Source: AFP