It’s been a long time…

It’s been almost a month since the last time I wrote a post. I’d like to apologize to everyone who maybe wanted to read about Ronnie’s transfer to AC Milan, the newest Eto’o rumors, new Barca signings and fans attempt to get rid of Laporta.
So, here is what was happening during the last 23 days, since the Deco transfer has been confirmed.

Apart from Deco’s, Santi Ezquerro’s and Lilian Thuram’s time at Camp Nou is over. After Thuram’s transfer to PSG fell through, he is now a free agent while Ezquerro brought to an end a remarkably poor three years at Camp Nou in which he only played 11 league games. Barça have also lost the services of promising young defender Marc Valiente who has signed for Sevilla where he will begin in their B-team.

Barca’a president Joan Laporta faced the moment of truth when the most of the fans voted against him on a referendum. For Laporta’s departure from the president function voted 23.870 fans from total of 37.294 who has voted, what makes 60.60 %, but still they were 6 % short.

“The number of 80.000 fans who haven’t voted at all says enough. I respect and those 23.879 voters who were against me”, said still the first man of Barca after the referendum.

Barca has also signed few great players:

Dani Alves from Seville

Alves

Gerard Pique from Manchester United

Aleksandr Hleb from Arsenal

Hleb

Henrique Adriano Buss from Palmerias (and went on loan to Bayer Leverkusen)

Seven youth team players have been called up to join the first team for the pre-season training: David Córcoles, defence, 08/05/85; Sergio Busquets, midfield, 16/7/88; Abraham González, midfield, 16/7/85; Víctor Sánchez, midfield, 8/9/87; Pedro Rodríguez, forward, 28/8/87; Víctor Vázquez, forward, 20/1/87; Jeffren Suárez, forward, 20/1/88.

Ronaldinho in AC Milan
For me, this is definitely the biggest and also the saddest thing that has happened. On Tuesday, 15th July, in restaurant Via Veneto in Barcelona all details about Ronaldinho’s transfer to AC Milan have been settled.
Speculations that lasted for months and months have finally been cut off after AC Milan officially confirmed on club’s sites that Ronnie will wear the Rossoneri shirt for next three seasons.

After Frank Rijakaard, who watched the great Brazilian’s back, has left Barca, the new coach of the Catalan club Pep Guardiola sent a clear massage to Dinho that he isn’t counting on him and that the only question is where will he continue his career.

This was his first words after arrival to Italy:
“I am very happy, after a long time I’m here. I’m very happy to have arrived at Milan and I hope to give a lot of joy to everybody.”

“It’s true, I confirm I strongly wanted Milan. Many things have happened and in the end I am a Rossonero. I’m happy to be here, and I repeat, I hope to make the Milan crowd happy.”

“It’s great to find a lot of Brazilians, but also the many champions who wear the Milan shirt. I’m happy about everything, I’m here with other Brazilians like me but also with all the others.”

Ronnie and Kaka

This is how Ronaldinho, after five great years at Camp Nou, went to San Siro, where he will stay for at least, next three years. The guesses are that the Italian club has paid about Є25 million, while the Brazilian should earn about Є18 million.
The winner of the Golden ball and world’s the best player of the year (2005 and 2006) helped Barcelona win two national titles (2005,2006) and the Champions League title in 2006.

Yesterday, AC Milan has published on its official sites Dinho’s goodbye letter to all Barcelona fans. Here is what it says, and if you want to read more follow this link:

“First of all I would like to express my gratitude to Barcelona’s fans. At every time I felt their affection. I was very happy in Barcelona because the people always transmitted wonderful feelings. I have felt accompanied during the whole journey, and this sensation gave me strength always. I enjoyed playing football with Barça and I enjoyed pleasing the fans. I have felt close to the people of F.C. Barcelona which showed their affection at all times. I remain with the illusion of one day being able to say goodbye from the Camp Nou.

I’m going to a great Club, but with a certain sadness to have to leave the places where I was happy, in which I experienced triumphs, but especially emotions. Us Brazilians play football also to make others happy.
This was one of my objectives and I am satisfied I achieved that.

I’d like to thank the support I have received from all the players I played with. It was an honor to play alongside footballers of such a high professional quality, but especially human quality. Many of them were not just team mates, but friends. We were a great group and everyone gave their contribution to the success. No player can win anything by himself. I have to thank my team mates and the Club for the individual awards which brought me here, I have a special memory of the Golden Ball and the FIFA World Player. Thanks because here I lived some of the happiest moments of my life.

I don’t want to forget the coaches, the masseurs, the doctors, all the people involved at the club; they are a part of the triumph too. I extend my gratitude also to the managers who supported me and the press which accompanied me over the years. They will all remain indelible memories of an exceptional period.

I’ve received a lot. I was happy in Barcelona and with Barcelona. I will keep all of this in my heart with great affection. Football is a game, a party, it’s a sport to enjoy and to give joy. You have to play football with a smile. That is its significance for me. Thank you for having smiled with me.”

Ronaldinho

 

After all, I’d like to thank you, Ronnie. I consider myself a Barca fan. And as a Barca fan I’d like to bow down and thank you. Thank you for entertaining me, making me happy, showing to entire world your magic. Thank you for your goals, tricks and flicks, passes, for every single second spent at Camp Nou. Than you for playing with a smile on your face. It’s been a pleasure watching you wear Barca jersey and I am unconditionally grateful and thankful to you. Thank you for the memories.Thank you for the unforgettable goal on your debut against Seville in 2003.

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Thank you for this one moment I will never forget and I will tell my child and my grandchild: standing ovations from the Real Madrid fans at Santiago Bernabeu. This is something we might never see again:

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Although he had some problems with returning his form lately, his departure leaves a huge gap in Barca squad and sadness in my heart. The only thing left to say is that I wish you all the best in AC Milan. I hope Barca won’t feel his departure in the style of play and won’t miss him as much as I do.

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Good bye and good luck!

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