The football transfer market came to life once again this week with Spanish giants Barça announcing the capture of Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb and the release of Brazilian Ronaldinho to Italy’s Ac Milan.
The Release of Ronaldinho is interesting for the simple fact that his transfer means the end of an era at fc Barça and more importantly the return to football of one of football’s greatest talents and personalities after a long time out due to Injury third leaves my beloved club (yes I’m a fan of gunners) Arsenal and us fans wondering what’s going on with our beloved club Fourth ends interest from Ac Milan in Arsenal’s Togolese striker, Emmanuel Adebayor, and also leaves Manchester City Fc lamenting his miss after a long and interesting fight for the signature of the always smiling Ronaldinho.
Ronaldinho’s capture by Ac Milan, despite the fact that he has not played for a long time due to injury, confirms that he is one of the best players to ever play football.
Ronaldinho 28, still looks very young and on his way to greatness in the game of soccer (Americans call it soccer). Barcelona spotted and signed the then 23-year-old from French giants PSG five years ago. He was supposedly David Beckham’s number 2 before the Briton decided to join Real Madrid, Arco del Barça’s rival.
He joined Barca at a time when things were tough, as they have only just managed to qualify for the UEFA cup after finishing sixth in La Liga that year. He joined new manager Frank Rijkaard in working to transform the clubs’ dwindling fortunes.
He was of course successful in his mission, as Barça finished second to Real Madrid the following season and won back-to-back titles and the UEFA Champions League beating Arsenal in the final a year later.
His feat did not go unnoticed as he was courted by Real Madrid and FIFA could not ignore his brilliance either as he was named FIFA World Footballer of the Year.
But since then, things have gone from good to bad and from bad to worse for the Brazilian, but now he has a great chance to start something of a renaissance with Ac Milan.
As for Dear Arsenal, the news of Alexander Hleb’s departure adds to the growing list of those leaving after Ac Milan earlier stole Mathieu Flamini from under our noses and the departure of Brazilian Gilberto Silva to Greece.
Although Hleb’s transfer to Barca doesn’t seem to surprise anyone as it is so obvious, what is surprising is why the players who almost won the league for Arsenal in impressive fashion suddenly hate the club. It doesn’t even end there, as it is quite possible that Emmanuel Adebayor is also leaving the Emirates, as he has declared his intention to join other clubs if Arsenal cannot agree to the ridiculous and selfish demands of him, although one Question. whether Milan who are the clear favorites to sign the Togolese will remain interested after the capture of Ronaldinho.
The capture of Ronaldinho leaves Adebayor hoping that Barça will regain their interest in him. But unfortunately, media reports say that Barca have decided to abandon their pursuit of the Togolese and prefer to sign Dimitav Berbatov from Tottenham Hotspur. Barca’s interest in Berbatov is sure to be a cause for concern for Manchester United manager Sir Alex, as he, too, hoped to add the tall striker to his attacking force.
With Gilberto also out and Adebayor with a leg inside a leg, it confirms Arsene Wenger’s concern earlier in the summer when he said his biggest concern was not to buy new players but to keep the ones he already had. He also seems like he is losing the battle to keep his players, as players seem to look elsewhere for other challenges in their careers.
As for Manchester City FC and their new manager, Mark Hughes, who had hoped to lure Ronaldinho to the Eastland Stadium, they are now shocked to learn that Ronladinho prefers to sign for Milan for a very obvious reason: Champions League football. Although Milan will not participate in the Champions League this term, they have a better chance of qualifying in the future than Manchester City, who can only fight and wait for the appearance in the UEFA Cup.
Now that Ronaldinho has signed for Ac Milan, it will be interesting to know who Manchester City and their ever-ambitious manager Mark Hughes will sign with the £25m that was turned down by Ronaldinho and Barca.
The transfer of Hleb and Ronaldinho to Barca and Ac Milan respectively could lead to a large-scale moment of players moving from one club to another, as it looks like Milan and Barca are serious after the latter’s poor season. time out. Hleb’s transfer leaves Arsene Wenger with the headache of looking for a replacement for Hleb even though he has Nasri and as for Manchester City, it will be difficult to attract the players who will get them into the Premiership Big Four. England next season although they are ambitious, but I still don’t think they are attractive enough to get players of Ronaldinho’s ability, at least not for this season.
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