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Ronaldinho’s Playing Days Are Over

Lets face it, this is Ronaldinho’s last season in competitive football. The Brazilian midfielder is seeing less and less of the pitch and more and more of the bench under Milan’s new coach Massimiliano Allegri.

There was a lot of speculation before the start of the season that Dinho could probably be on his way out of the San Siro after Milan failed to offer him a contract extension.

It is still not clear whether Milan have offered Gaucho a new contract as speculation and reports linking the 30 year old two time World player of the year with a move away from Italy persist.

Looking at Milan’s last few games,(not considering the month that he was out injured) Ronaldinho has been coming on as a late replacement with a about 10 or less minutes left in the game.

In last night’s 1-1 draw with Sampdoria, Dinho came on in the 91st minute. Now, Allegri says that Dinho has to improve if he is to feature regularly for Milan. My only question is how can he do this playing 3-5 minutes every game?

To be honest, that is an insult. You cannot have a player like Dinho and bench him. I cannot understand how Seedorf starts each and every single game yet his best days are behind?

Dinho scored a brilliant goal against Auxerre in their midweek Champions League fixture. Many myself included thought that this would be the start of Allegri’s faith and Belief in his services. However, nothing seem to have changed.

If Allegri has nothing personal against Dinho then why doesn’t he give the play maker more time on the pitch. I have tried taking an objective approach to the whole matter but truth be told this is Ronaldinho we are talking about.

No other play has brought so much excitement to the game. He will probably go down in history as the most entertaining player ever. My appeal to Allegri would be to utilise Dinho to the fullest. Even if Milan do win silverware this season, the talking point will still be centred on Ronaldinho and should Allegri continue with his current trend of using him sparingly, then he should prepare himself to face the kind of treatment Dunga received from his fans.

Photo credit: from Nino H

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