After hanging his boots, Ronaldinho goes into politics

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Former world footballer for the year Ronaldinho has switched the football pitch for politics,.

He announced his intention to stand in the Brazilian general elections, scheduled to be held this October for the Brazilian Republic Party (PRB).

This marks the second time the 37-year-old has been linked with a Right-wing group, having previously aligned himself with populist presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro.

The PRB hope that bringing on board a name that carries such weight as Ronaldinho’s, and which still resonates with many Brazilians, will strengthen their position considerably ahead of the October vote.

“I want to mention the happiness of being here at this historic moment for the PRB. This PRB no. 10 shirt will fit you like a glove,” said federal deputy Carlos Gomes.

The first round of voting in this year’s general election is set to take place on October 7, with a second round slated for October 28 if necessary.

Brazil is under the pangs of painful economic slow-down due to the strain of hosting the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.