FC Barcelona legend Ronaldinho has been without a club for 16 months, but he has now reportedly been offered R1.3 million a month to return to professional football.
The 36-year-old last played for Fluminense in Brazil, but his contract was cancelled by mutual consent in September 2015.
He has been partaking in promotional events or charity games ever since, and also became Barcelona’s ambassador in the US.
However, his brother and agent, Roberto de Assis, recently confirmed that the Brazilian legend is keen to return to top-level football.
According to ESPN Brazil, Coritiba have offered him a €88 000 salary, and will also pay for his house, including private security.
De Assis will reportedly meet the Brazilian club on Tuesday, while three other Copa Libertadores (the South American Champions League) clubs are also said to be interested in the player’s services.
Coritiba, though, seem to lead the race for Ronaldinho’s signature, with club chief Juliano Belletti – a former teammate of the 2002 FIFA World Cup champion’s – keen on securing the big name.
By David Kappel