Ronaldinho leaves for Brazil, not to play Goa leg

Ronaldinho will be replaced by former Brazilian captain Cafu, who is a double World Cup winner (1994 and 2002).

It has been learnt that Ronaldinho has been appointed ’Brand Ambassador’ of Paralympic Games in Rio which will be held right after the Olympic Games and he needed to head back to his country.   -  R. Ragu

Former Ballon D'Or winner Ronaldinho, who enthralled the crowd with his deft skills during the first two matches of the Premier Futsal, will not be a part of the Goa leg. He left for Brazil on Monday.

Ronaldinho will be replaced by former Brazilian captain Cafu, who is a double World Cup winner (1994 and 2002).

It has been learnt that Ronaldinho has been appointed Brand Ambassador of the Rio Paralympic Games, which will be held between September 7 to 18, right after the Olympic Games.

After his fine performance against Bengaluru 5s yesterday, the Goan crowd was expecting him to light-up the futsal turf in Pedem, Mapusa, but were left disappointed.

“It is unfortunate that I have to leave for my home country Brazil as my country’s commitment comes first. The para-Olympics committee has honoured me to be their ambassador, which requires me to be in Brazil. I was looking forward towards being in Goa, but I learnt only yesterday of this development. I am delighted to spend these days in your beautiful country and promote the game I grew up playing,” Ronaldinho was quoted as saying in a press release.

“But I promise to be back for Season 2 of Premier Futsal, much stronger. I am leaving you in great hands; Cafu, will replace me as your marquee palyer. He is a very dear friend and is a top quality player and I am sure he will light the league up,” stated Ronaldinho.

Goa plays its last match group match against Kolkata tomorrow.