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Report: Red Bulls director says Ronaldinho rumors are hogwash

Ronaldinho, Joe Corona

Ronaldo de Assis, or Ronaldinho of Brazil’s Atletico Mineiro, left, battles Joe Corona, right, of Mexico’s Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles during the second half of their a Copa Libertadores quarterfinal soccer match in Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Tijuana, Mexico. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


New York Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh has categorically denied the rumors of his club signing Ronaldinho in one of the most complete and emphatic denials in a while.

In fact, Roxburgh’s talk with goes even further in its clarifications on the Brazilian’s rumored move to Major League Soccer: it wasn’t even in his mind until he saw the report.

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And the Red Bulls wouldn’t be interested, anyway:


“Nobody has ever approached us. We haven’t been approached by anybody mentioning Ronaldinho,” Roxburgh told “And the name suddenly cames at us and the answer is no...

“All I’m saying is this, as the sporting director of this club, and I can speak also on behalf of my other colleagues in the business, we have not been approached about him. Nobody has offered us Ronaldinho. No one has said ‘How much money?’

“I saw his name but I’ve never talked to Ronaldinho or his people or made any offers. And the answer is we wouldn’t be doing it anyway. It’s not a matter of did we or didn’t we? Or who spoke to him or who didn’t speak to him? A great player by the way, fantastic player by the way. He’s not for here.”

Silly season at its finest.

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