Ronhaldinho in talks with Egypt’s Zamalek
“Ronhaldinho’s Brazilian club is asking for a total of eight million euros to accept the transfer”
Brazilian football striker Ronhaldinho is in talks to join Egyptian football club Zamalek, Mortada Mansour, the club’s president, told Al Arabiya News Thursday.
“Ronhaldinho’s Brazilian club is asking for a total of eight million euros ($ 10.89 million) to accept the transfer,” Mansour said, explaining that Zamalek was trying to get the needed funds from advertising revenues.
“Two million euros for the player and six million euros for the club,” Mansour clarified.
Ronaldinho, who is currently playing with the Brazilian team Atletico Mineiro, is one of the world’s highest paid footballers.
“If we can get Ronhaldinho to play in Egypt we will make the world focus on the country,” Mansour said, giving the example of Qatar which drew the world’s attention by recruiting international players to its local football team.
The 34-year-old striker has played for various prestigious clubs including Spain’s FC Barcelona, France’s Paris Saint Germain and Italy’s Milan AC.
Speaking about the player’s age, Mansour said that he was not worried.
“Hadari [a famous Egyptian football player] retired when he was 42. I am not worried at all about Ronhaldinho’s age. It won’t affect his playing,” he said.
The average retirement age for a player is 35 years old, according to the Professional Footballer’s Association.
Ronaldinho has been the celebrity face of companies such as Nike, Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Danone.
In 2004, he was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the world’s greatest living players, along with football legend Pelé.
The player, who helped win the UEFA Champions League in 2006 when he was with Barcelona, was awarded the Ballon d'Or in 2005.