Two seasons ago Ronaldinho was the undisputed king of world football, enjoying a hero-like status at Barcelona having steered the club to back-to-back league titles and victory in the Champions League.
In 18 months, the Brazilian has suffered a fall from grace and was deemed surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp. Not surprisingly, Barcelona on on Wednesday announced they had agreed to sell the 28-year-old to Italian club AC Milan.
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A dilettante attitude to training, a serious loss of form, an apparent weight problem and the rise of a new generation of hungry youngsters account for the change in attitude towards a player who was one of the most prized possessions in the game.
Photographs: Getty Images | Text: Reuters