Thursday December 14 2017
Ronaldinho to run for office

Former Milan attacking midfielder Ronaldinho will stand for the Senate in his native Brazil in 2018.

The Ballon d’Or winner spent three seasons with the Rossoneri, scoring 26 goals in 95 games before winding down his career at Flamengo, Atlético Mineiro, Querétaro and Fluminense.

Now O Globo has revealed that Ronaldinho will run for office next year, for Jair Bolsonaro’s Social Christian Party.

The former Barça star is waiting for Bolsonaro to make his candidature official, which will happen in March 2018, but he’s already been pictured with the politician, posing with his book.

Ronaldinho will be standing for election in the state of Minas Gerais, O Globo reports.

Bolsonaro is running for President, but is a controversial character due to his views on same-sex marriage, capital punishment and military policy.

He has compared himself to US President Donald Trump, and has been condemned for comments about women and the gay community.

Ronaldinho is far from the only footballer to run for office, with Romario already a senator in Brazil, and Rossoneri legend George Weah facing a run-off election for the Liberian Presidency on December 26.

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