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Ronaldinho ‘doesn’t regret’ signing with Queretaro despite latest struggles


FILE - In this July 11, 2013 file photo, Brazil’s Atletico Mineiro’s Ronaldinho celebrates his team’s victory over Argentina’s Newell’s Old Boys at the end of a Copa Libertadores semifinal soccer match in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Ronaldinho was selected as best player in the Americas in 2013 by Uruguayan newspaper El Pais, which surveyed hundreds of journalists from around the continent. (AP Photo/Bruno Magalhaes, File)


When Ronaldinho signed with Queretaro, the goal of his acquisition revolved around capturing a Liga MX title, and some believed the 2005 Ballon d’Or winner would bring that championship-caliber element, after the Roosters finished at 7th in the 2013 league table.

And upon his arrival, the former Barcelona standout buried a penalty kick winner in his debut vs. Chivas and also added an assist.

Since then, however, Ronaldinho hasn’t been able to keep his club from losing three straight games, and despite the fact that one player, especially an aging veteran, can’t always promise wins and consistent production, media wondered if he regretted the decision to ink a deal with his new team.

“I’m very happy here,” said Ronaldinho, per “People are very friendly toward me, I don’t regret anything and I hope to make history and raise the name of Queretaro as high as possible.”

The 34-year-old also noted that his fitness level hasn’t reached its apex, as he’s still working toward getting back into ideal shape.

“Since I arrived I’ve not had time to train, always playing Tuesday and Friday,” he said. “I hope soon to be at a high level.”

Ronaldinho also addressed Queretaro politician Carlos Trevino’s racially insensitive remark directed straight at the Brazilian footballer.

“Logically I heard it, I’ve seen it, but what annoyed that person is what I enjoy most: Seeing a full stadium,” Ronaldinho said. “I hope it continues like that all season.”