Legendary Brazil and Barcelona forward Ronaldinho has submitted his candidacy for parliament in his homeland.
Ronaldinho, who first signalled his intention to run for political office in 2017, is expected to run for either the Senate or a position in the Chamber of Deputies in the general election this October.
He will be running for the Brazil Republican Party and documents approving the 38-year-old’s candidacy were signed in Brasilia before party members.
During the ceremony, Ronaldinho said:
‘I am happy to be able to participate in a project aimed at improving our country and bringing modernity, joy and health to the entire population.’
PRB President, Senator Eduardo Lopes welcomed Ronaldinho by saying:
‘This a historic moment like so many other moments in Ronaldinho’s life.
‘He gave Brazil his talent and ability and now with his wonderful life story he will contribute to (the country through the PRB).
He will follow in the footsteps of fellow Brazilian legend Romario who was elected to the Senate in 2014 and plans to run for governor of Rio de Janeiro at the general election.
Ronaldinho is no stranger to prominent roles in the public eye off the football pitch, having become ambassador to UNICEF in 2006.