Former Brazil and Barcelona maverick Ronaldinho has announced that his son, Joao Mendes, has joined his former club after a successful trial period.
The 17-year-old will link up with the club's La Masia academy, which has produced some of the greatest players over the last 20 years, including Lionel Messi and Barcelona's current manager Xavi.
Ronaldinho confirmed the news today to Catalan radio station RAC1.
Yes he is coming now.
I'm never out of the club. Barcelona is part of life. Wherever I go I take Barcelona with me.
With the arrival of my son at Barca I'll be more present than ever.
Ronaldinho Keeps His Barcelona Tradition Alive
Ronaldinho has announced that his 17-year old son João Mendes will sign for Barcelona 🔵🔴🇧🇷 #FCB
Trial passed for the Brazilian talent. “I can confirm Barcelona will sign João, Barça has always been part of my life and my heart and it will continue with my son”, told RAC1. pic.twitter.com/91caXCbNeR
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 7, 2023
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Ronaldinho, of course, became a legend during his five season stay at the Nou Camp, but the Brazilian revealed in an interview that he was a matter of days from joining Alex Ferguson's Manchester United.
"It almost happened with United. It was a matter of 48 hours, but Sandro Rosell had told me way before I got the offer: “If I become Barça president, will you come?” I said yes. It was only a matter of details with United when Rosell called to say he was going to win the elections there. And I had promised to him that I’d play for Barça… It was a quick negotiation.
"I told the English I had chosen Barça. It was the right choice. Brazilians have always loved Barça. We have a history there. Off the pitch it is like nowhere else in Europe, so we are always happy playing there. I miss Barcelona a lot. I had five fantastic seasons there, at a club that likes strikers and talented players. About Blackburn: we talked to them, but I wanted to come back home to Brazil."