Ronaldinho's Son Begins Trial With Barcelona Junior Team

Ronaldinho's Son Begins Trial With Barcelona Junior Team

Isaac Darko
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:22 PM
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  • Spanish giants FC Barcelona have handed a trial to club legend Ronaldinho's son
  • Joao Mendes de Assis Moreira has terminated his contract with Cruzeiro
  • The 17-year-old left-footed forward could be following his legendary dad's steps

Two-time World Player of the Year Ronaldinho's teenage son is currently undergoing a trial with Barcelona.

Joao Mendes de Assis Moreira is training with the Under-19 side of Barcelona.

Ronaldinho, son, Joao Mendes de Assis Moreira, Barcelona
Barcelona legend Ronaldinho's teenage son is currently undergoing a trial with the club's Under-19s. Credit: @espn
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According to ESPN, Joan Laporta and Xavi Hernandez are keeping close tabs on the performance of the 17-year-old.

Diario Sport claims that Mendes terminated his contract with Brazilian giants Cruzeiro. The report further indicates that the teenager could be signed to the club's Juvenil A side if he can impress at Camp Nou.

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What position does Mendes play?

As per ESPN, Mendes is a left-footed attacker who can operate across the front line.

He is currently training with Barca's U19 team, under the tutelage of U-19 head coach Oscar Lopez and assistant Javier Saviola, the former Argentina striker who played alongside Ronaldinho.

Talented Ronaldinho

Ronaldinho was a gifted and charismatic footballer who entertained fans with his dazzling dribbling skills.

He is also among the few footballers who won all three major trophies. He played for Paris-Saint Germain, Barcelona, and AC Milan in Europe.

Ronaldinho bagged 94 goals in 207 games for the Catalan giants, leading them to Champions League glory in 2006 and two La Liga trophies.

He retired as a player in 2015.

Ronaldinho on Messi’s career

Elsewhere, Sports Brief also reported of Ronaldinho’s bold take on his former teammate Lionel Messi’s career.

Messi joined the current Ligue 1 champions last summer after he ended his almost two-decade spell with La Liga giants Barcelona.

Despite not hitting his peak in his first season in France, Messi was fiercely defended by Ronaldinho, who said change is not always easy.

"After many years at a club, changing is not easy. It's normal for him to have difficulties. I think he's started very well!" He said.

Despite Messi’s exit from the Camp Nou, the prospect of him making a return to the club has been lingering, with the current boss, Xavi, conceding the door will always be left open for the forward to reunite with the Spanish giants.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)