Perak are dead serious on signing former Brazilian star Ronaldinho to strengthen The Bos Gaurus in their campaign to qualify for the AFC Champions League (ACL) next February.
Perak president Hasnul Zulkarnain Abdul Munaim said even though fans considered it as a joke, it was not impossible as Ronaldinho had expressed his interest to play in Malaysia.
"Ronaldinho has expressed his desire to play in Malaysia, while promoting the FIFA World Cup Russia in Kuala Lumpur earlier.
"He also said he was prepared to play in Malaysia without payment. So I am heeding his call and I am looking for a suitable agent on the matter," he said.
Hasnul Zulkarnaian, who is also the state's Communications, Multimedia and NGO Committee chairman, told reporters after opening the state-level 2018 Jalur Gemilang Convoy on Saturday.
On August 15, Hasnul Zulkarnain said that he was interested on getting the service of Ronaldinho after Perak were expected to fill the Malaysian slot at the ACL qualifying after emerging as runners-up in the 2018 Malaysian Super League.
He said the credibility and skills of Ronaldinho were crucial in Perak’s mission to ensure the state team entered the second round at ACL group stage.
The experience and skills of the former Ballon d’Or winner was seen as a boost for local players apart from being an attraction to draw more supporters to the stadium.
"Even though he has not been playing for eight months, I believe his attraction and experience could enliven the ACL environment and Super League in Malaysia,”" he said.
Sat Aug 18 2018
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