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'Ronaldinho on his way out'

By Xinhua
'Ronaldinho on his way out'
Atletico Mineiro's player Ronaldinho Gaucho (left) vies for the ball with Lanus' Leandro Somoza (right) during their Recopa Sudamericana football match at Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on July 23, 2014. (AFP)

RIO DE JANEIRO - Ronaldinho has likely played his last match for Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro, according to the star's teammate and close friend Jo.

The 34-year-old has not contacted anybody at the club since it clinched the Recopa Sudamericana on Wednesday with a 5-3 aggregate victory over Argentina's Lanus.

"I didn't speak with him after the (Recopa) win, but everything indicates that it was his last match," Jo told Globoesporte. "The way he said goodbye to everybody gave that impression."

After Wednesday's match, in which Ronaldinho was substituted early in the second half, the two-time FIFA World Player of The Year winner wrote on Twitter: "Galo (Atletico Mineiro) will always be in my heart."

'Ronaldinho on his way out'
Brazilian Atletico Mineiro player Ronaldinho waves to fans before their Copa Libertadores football match against Colombia's Atletico Nacional at the Atanasio Girardot stadium on April 23, 2014, in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia. (AFP) 

He was then given a week off by Atletico officials to take part in a testimonial game for former Barcelona teammate Deco.

But he failed to show up for Friday's match in Lisbon after reportedly missing his flight.

According to local media, Ronaldinho has not contacted anybody at Atletico since the Recopa victory.

"We don't know anything and we will wait for official word about him," added Jo, one of Ronaldinho's closest friends at the Belo Horizonte-based club.

Jo's comments come less than a week after Brazilian and Argentinian media reported that Ronaldinho was a target for Buenos Aires giants Boca Juniors.

The 2002 World Cup winner has also been linked with a move to Turkish sides Besiktas and Galatasary.

 
 
 
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