A friend of Ronaldinho denounced a betrayal that changed his destiny in soccer

A friend of Ronaldinho denounced a betrayal that changed his destiny in soccer

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They met in the youth teams and forged their friendship during the world Cup they organized together South Korea and Japan in 2002. That success in Asian territory opened the doors of big football to Brazilians who at that time were in the PSG and the Atlético Paranaense.

Ronaldinho and Kleberson They had established a link that theoretically would continue in the Premier League. “I was his friend and he had told me he was going to sign for Manchester. He spent several months telling me to go to the club, because he was going to play there. I wanted to go but I had doubts because I couldn’t speak English and in the United there was no one who knew Portuguese, “the former midfielder said in an interview given to his country’s sports signal ESPN.

Everything indicated that the union between the Brazilians was going to continue in the Old Trafford, but a betrayal changed the destiny of both. “Ronaldinho failed me, because he ended up convincing me to sign with United, but he never did. He left for Barcelona and I took it as a big lie “, he emphasized Kleberson.

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The arguments of Dinho date back to a statement he had made publicly in 2003, when the international star had explained that “I had everything arranged to go to Manchester United” “For some details we do not close the agreement. Then they called me from Barcelona and don’t hesitate to go to that club. ”

Ronaldinho and Kleberson shared the Brazilian team

That episode changed the path of both, who continued to build very opposite paths. The talented midfielder shone during 5 seasons in the Blaugrana, before emigrating to Milan, Flamengo, Atlético Mineiro, Queretaro and Fluminense. Instead, Kleberson failed to adapt to British football and left for Besiktas of Turkey, Flamengo, Atlético Paranaense, Bay, Philadelphia Union of United States, Indy Eleven also of the MLS and Fort Lauderdale Strikers, where he retired. What is striking is that football brought them back together in Confederations Cup of the 2005, when Brazil he was crowned champion again, but by now the relationship was already destroyed.

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Kleberson playing for Manchester United in a duel against Everton. Photo: REUTERS / Ian Hodgson /

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