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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Ronaldinho Gaucho to AC Milan: "I will make the fans happy."

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Earlier today, the fantastic Brazilian, Ronaldinho Gaucho (Ronaldo de Assis Moreira), officially became an AC Milan player. After a lengthy transfer that was only finalized yesterday in Barcelona, Ronaldinho joins fellow Brazilians Dida, Dragao, Kaka', and Pato. According to Milan Vice President, Adriano Galliani, Ronaldinho turned down more money and a longer contract with Manchester City to play in the Serie A.

Ronaldinho's First Comments

"Sono molto contento, dopo tanto tempo sono qui. Sono felicissimo di arrivare al Milan e spero di riuscire a dare molta allegria a tutti". E' vero, confermo di aver voluto fortemente il Milan. Sono successe tante cose e alla fine sono diventato rossonero. Sono contento di essere qui e, ripeto, spero di far divertire la gente milanista. Mi fa molto piacere trovare tanti brasiliani, ma anche i tanti campioni che vestono la maglia del Milan. Sono felice per tutto, mi ritrovo insieme ad altri brasiliani come me ma anche insieme a tuti gli altri".
"I am very happy, after such a long time I am here. I am very pleased to arrive at Milan and I hope to succeed to give joy to everyone... It is true, I confirm that I wanted to go to Milan very strongly. Many things happened and in the end I have became Milanese. I am content to be here and I repeat, I hope to make the Milanese faithful happy. It makes me happy to find so many Brazilians, but also so many other champions that wear the Milan shirt. I am happy for everyone, and I find myself together with other Brazilians like me also together with everyone else."
GALLIANI - "L’amore per Ronaldinho è un amore antico, che non è mai venuto meno. Del presidente, di tutti. Cito una frase tratta da un libro di Fabio Volo: "Importante non è quanto aspetti, ma chi aspetti". Bella. E ancora: "C’era l’ok del tecnico. Era da tempo che lo seguivamo, ma c’era da fronteggiare l’offerta del Manchester City. Alle 20.30 di ieri sera sembrava saltato tutto. Laporta, presidente del Barça, si era alzato. L’ho fatto risedere. C’erano da sistemare tanti dettagli che potevano far saltare la trattativa. Il Barcellona preferiva mandarlo in Inghilterra. E’ un giocatore da Milan. Gioca il calcio che vuole Berlusconi. Siamo felici... E’ venuto da noi perchè vuole tornare ad essere il numero uno."
"Galliani- The love for Ronaldinho is an old love that has never lessened. From the President (Prime Minister Berlusconi), to everyone. I cite a phrase from a book by Fabio Volo: 'It is important not how long you wait, but whom waits for you.' There was the okay by the manager. For a long time, we followed him, but we had to afront the offer by Manchester City. At 8:30 p.m. last night it seemed that all was lost. (Joan) Laporta, President of Barcelona, got up from the table. I got him to sit back down. We had to organize so many details that could have made the deal jump past us. Barcelona preferred to send him to England. He is a player of Milan. He will play the football that Berlusconi wants. We are very happy... He came with us because he wants to return to be the best in the world."
ANCELOTTI - "Giocherà nella posizione a lui più naturale. Anche se servirà il giusto equilibrio di squadra, con un pizzico di sacrificio di tutti. Salta la preparazione per i Giochi? Per lui l’Olimpiade sarà l’occasione per trovare una buona condizione".
"Ancelotti- He will play in his most natural position. Also if it will serve the proper balance of the team, with a little sacrifice by everyone. Will he miss the preparations for the Olympic Games? For him the Olympics will be the occassion to find his form."
MALDINI - "Da avversario è tra i più forti che abbia mai incontrato. Tornerà ai livelli che gli competono in questo ambiente".
"Maldini - As an adversary he was among the strongest that I have ever encountered. He will return to the levels that they expect of him in this environment."
Source: La Gazzetta dello Sport, 16 July 2008.

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