Ronaldinho signs extension with Atletico
SAO PAULO (AP)
Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro says two-time FIFA player of the year Ronaldinho has signed a one-year contract extension.
Negotiations had been underway since Atletico played in FIFA's Club World Cup in December. Ronaldinho said at the time he wasn't sure whether he would remain with the club in 2014.
A World Cup winner with Brazil in 2002, Ronaldinho led Atletico Mineiro to the Copa Libertadores title last year. The former Barcelona playmaker has said he remains hopeful of playing in this year's World Cup, although he hasn't been summoned by Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari for several months.
The 33-year-old had been linked with a switch to the Turkish giants, but will now remain in Brazil as he hopes to earn a place in Luiz Felipe Scolari's World Cup squad. It was reported that the star had been in talks with Besiktas regarding a move, although club president Alexandre Kalil confirmed that he will be staying put.
"The fans can be annoying but Ronaldinho loves them, he has renewed his contract," he posted on Twitter.
Ronaldinho has been capped 97 times by Brazil but has not featured for the national team since April last year. The former Barcelona and AC Milan star will not play for Atletico Mineiro this weekend because of a suspension for a red card at the Club World Cup.