Sources: Ronaldinho not joining Red Bulls – or MLS


Despite a plethora of reports to the contrary, legendary Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho will not be donning a New York Red Bull uniform — or that of any other MLS side for that matter.

Sources tell EOS that the 34-year-old enganche was never seriously considered for the Red Bulls. While team officials did meet with representatives from Ronaldinho’s camp in Brazil during the World Cup, the discussions were of an amicable nature and never involved the possibility of bringing the Miniero midfielder to New York.

The topic, sources tell us, was never even broached.

Ronaldinho’s agents did contact MLS about a possible move. However, monetary concerns and a general lack of interest or funds from big money clubs quickly quelled that momentum.

The endless waves of reports linking Ronaldinho to New York is likely a consequence of an internet echo chamber following a piece first establishing contact between the Red Bulls and Ronaldinho. The Brazilian legend has been a target of MLS for years, but neither have been able to find common ground in that time.

A league source says his “gut feeling” is Ronaldinho joins either newly promoted Premiership side, Queens Park Rangers or Boca Juniors of the Argentine Primera. The 34-year-old playmaker has also been linked to Fluminense and the A-League as well.

According to his agent, Ronaldinho will reveal his future destination this Wednesday.


    The All Star game is Wednesday…

  • Anthony

    Doubt it would happen, but i’d love to see him in Green and White. Forza Cosmos!!

  • He’s going to the Cosmos?

  • Josh

    Not going to say I told you so yet, but you guys are completely wrong about him not looking at coming to the MLS. He is in negotiation with two teams in the MLS as well as QPR and one other EPL side. He should have a decision made by the end of next week and my sources say MLS is still the favorite because of his marketing potential in the states. What was even bigger news was that Ronaldinho isnt the only big name looking. There is one other big name star out of South America that is also taking a serious look at a move state side. As for an impact on the MLS playing field, he might even be bigger than Ronaldinho.

    • NYsoccerfan

      Sounds promising. What are your sources?

      • Josh

        I used to work for Dallas FC back when they were the Burn and a lot of the guys I worked with are still in the league. Red Bull might end up passing, but again, they aren’t the only team with interest and money.

  • hey Ronaldinho come back in barca we want to see u again in barca….

    I love u ronaldinho 10

  • Back to Barca to teacher Messi LoL

  • chepe pedos

    would love to see him with the New York Cosmos

    • Anonymous

      Me too

  • LarryK

    Andy Roxbrough can’t sign a soccer ball. He’s terrible.

  • messi