Barcelona have confirmed that former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho will return to the Catalan giants as a club ambassador.
The Brazilian international spent five seasons at the Nou Camp – from 2003 and 2008 – and played a key role as Barcelona won the 2005/6 Champions League and two La Liga titles in that time.
Upon leaving Spain, Ronaldinho spent three seasons with AC Milan before returning to his homeland in 2011, where he continued playing until hanging up his boots in 2016.
“FC Barcelona and Ronaldinho have reached an agreement whereby the Brazilian will become a club ambassador and representative at various events and activities over the coming years,” read a statement from the club.
“Ronaldinho will also form part of the Legends project, a team of former players who, through matches around the world, will help to globalise the Barça brand and its values, and will take part in clinics, training sessions and institutional events, among other activities organised by the club.
“Through FCBEscola, FC Barcelona and Ronaldinho’s football academies will be seeking different ways to collaborate both in terms of the brand and possible associations with the same. The player will also appear in the opening and closing ceremonies at some schools and take part in activities in which he will share his experience in educational talks.
“Ronaldinho will also take part in FC Barcelona Foundation events related to UNICEF. The Masia 360 project will be another one of the club projects where the Brazilian will be present, helping with the training and coaching of the athletes involved.
“The agreement will be signed on Friday at 5.30pm CET at the Camp Nou directors’ box with the presence of Ronaldinho and president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Then, the media will be to take photos of the Brazilian star at the club museum.”