Could AEG Pull Off the Impossible? Signing Ronaldinho!

Discussion in 'MLS: General' started by MLSinHD, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. MLSinHD

    MLSinHD Member

    Apr 1, 2004
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Since the N.Y. Times piece came out on AEG, their senior management executive Tim Leiweke mentioned that only four players in the world could move the needle (in terms of star power and attraction) and they are Ronaldo, Beckham, Zidane and Ronaldinho. Now we've all read the rumors that AEG are courting Zidane to play for either the Fire or the Galaxy. Lets just have some fun here and say for the sake of argument that Zidane has decided that he isn't coming, would Leiweke and AEG seriously consider signing Ronaldinho to play for one of their satellite clubs in MLS? Seems like a real long shot but Leiweke appears to be a very smart and shrewd businessman and I'm sure he would be more than willing to fork over Alex Rodriguez money to get him. Marketing alone would be more than worth it, but we're talking about a player who not only is the best player on the planet right now (unless we're talking C. Ronaldo) but would instantly give the league major credibility. ESPN/ABC, FOX Soccer Channel, HDNet, and the Spanish broadcasters would absolutely take full advantage of it and would most likely have wall-to-wall coverage of any games he would play in, just like will happen when David Beckham gets here.
  2. SoccerFreak

    SoccerFreak Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    Not if Ronaldinho thinks that signing in the MLS would cost him a spot on the national team. It's most likely one of the reasons Ronaldo stayed in Europe with AC Milan, he wanted to keep/regain a spot on Brazil's squad. He knew that wouldn't happen if he came to the MLS.
  3. BobyOne

    BobyOne Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We sure as hell could use him in Houston.

    But News? Analysis? This thread will not pass go, not collect $200, and go directly to MLS General...
  4. bbsbt

    bbsbt Member+

    Feb 26, 2003
    Ok, once again, most likely(99.999% sure) he was talking about the Blanco signing.
  5. MLSinHD

    MLSinHD Member

    Apr 1, 2004
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Perhaps this could have gone in MLS General, but Leiweke himself mentioned the name Ronaldinho so perhaps he's interested in him. I remember back a few months ago Ronaldinho's brother (his agent) mentioned that the MLS wanted him but nobody really knows how serious the talks have ever got. Maybe AEG thinks they actually have a chance at getting him and if so that's sweet. Yeah at his age and ability MLS might not seem like the best thing for him as a player, but on the flip side if he were to come, the MLS would really garner the attention of the major media outlets here (same will happen once Becks gets here) and from around the globe. Ronaldinho coming to MLS means this league has finally understood that star power sells and except for C. Ronaldo there isn't a bigger fish out there to catch but him.
  6. flippin269

    flippin269 Member+

    Aug 3, 2003
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    If Ronaldinho signed at MLS at his current age, I bet you that he'd still make the Brazilian National team. If he were Ronaldo's age, he probably wouldn't. And if Ronaldinho signed with an MLS club at Ronaldo's age, it would drive the league's ticket sales and improve whatever team he were on, but it wouldn't skyrocket MLS's credibility or anything like that.

    If they REALLY wanted to skyrocket MLS's credibility, they'd sign Ronaldinho while in his prime and under 30.
  7. crusio

    crusio New Member

    May 10, 2004
    Yes, Ronaldinho will be coming to MLS.
  8. SoccerFreak

    SoccerFreak Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    The reason I say he'd probably lose his spot on the national team is because MLS doesn't have the credibility as a strong league. Dunga and the rest of the coaching staff would probably think he isn't trying to challenge himself anymore because they'd see it as him going a level down when he can still play in Europe and just going after that pot of gold in the US.
  9. dsp2109

    dsp2109 New Member

    Jul 24, 2006
    The article didn't mention any interest in signing Ronaldinho. It only quoted a guy who mentioned that those four (Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, zidane, beckham) are the only ones that "move the needle".

    Take that for what it's worth, but IMO he's only stating who has enough obvious star quality to create big waves across MLS. It's simple statement that probably pertained to some question about Zidane or Beckham.
  10. Onionsack

    Onionsack BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Jul 21, 2003
    New York City
    FC Girondins de Bordeaux
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Well the impossible would be signing


    ect. Top superstars that have plent left.

    These so called needle movers are just really well know players because of their long storied careers. I would be far more impresssed if they signed the ones i listed
  11. Hypnotic

    Hypnotic Red Card

    Apr 18, 2007
    Only four players could move the needle? What about Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Wayne Rooney and E'to? They would all get my "needle" pointing north.....:D
  12. RfrancisR

    RfrancisR Member+

    Aug 7, 2006
    New Orleans Diaspora
    Could happen. Could happen in the same way that I could win the Powerball Lottery five weeks in a row. Anything's possible.
  13. paladius

    paladius Member

    Sep 27, 2003
    Frisco, Texas
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    To me, Ronaldinho would be bigger than Beckham in some aspects. Instant credibility for the league in terms of quality of play...

    ...a likeable personality who is easily recognizable (if he plays for LA, then maybe he's a participant in "Extreme Makeover")...

    In my mind, he'd be worth Beckham money in a heartbeat, and he's not long in the tooth (no pun intended), which would help dispel the impression that MLS is an old folks league.
  14. Hypnotic

    Hypnotic Red Card

    Apr 18, 2007
    Newbie question? How do you rep somebody? And what does it mean?
  15. MLS1FAN

    MLS1FAN Member+

    May 11, 2004
    Miami Beach,FL
    Manchester City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I don't agree with that at all, he is currently the best player on the planet and just because he would play for the MLS wouldnt change the fact that he is the best soccer player now. Also having Beckham, Ronaldinho, Blanco, Juan Pablo, etc in MLS all at the same time would open the flood gates of talent like never before seen in professional soccer in America.

    USvsIRELAND Member+

    Jul 19, 2004
    In 10 years.
  17. pc4th

    pc4th New Member

    Jun 14, 2003
    North Poll
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    If Ronaldinho is on a FREE TRANSFER, MLS might have a chance by offering $15 mil a year.

    It will cost about $90 million in transfer fee to get Ronaldinho, so no.
  18. lawrenceterp

    lawrenceterp Moderator
    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2006
    Isn't his contract up soon? And if so, they can just have him not sign an extension. Then let him come after his current contract runs out just like they did with Beckham and Blanco. This signing is not happening any time soon, but getting around the transfer fees is pretty easy.
  19. FuzzyForeigner

    Oct 29, 2003
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    the la galaxy better give up some allocations in order to get ronaldinho :D
  20. krayzie

    krayzie BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Dec 13, 2003
    Paris, France
    What is more jokable :

    a) The fact that one guy decides to talk about Ronaldhino in MLS ?


    b) The fact that some people take this thread seriously ?
  21. Boloni86

    Boloni86 Member+

    Jun 7, 2000
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    It would take a lot of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$... Ronaldinho loves Barcelona, the city loves him, and his teammates love him.

    Going after Ronaldinho is like walking into a bar and walking up to the hottest girl in there. It might work if you're handsome, rich and charming but MLS isn't handsome, rich or charming. MLS should focus on just getting laid at this point.
  22. striker

    striker Member+

    Aug 4, 1999
    Why then are transfer fees generally involved in the transfer of big (or small) name players?
  23. wolfp10

    wolfp10 Member

    Sep 25, 2005
  24. soccerfreak9210

    Mar 19, 2007
    New Jersey
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  25. Ringo

    Ringo Member

    Jun 10, 2002
    Rough and Ready
    Yeovil Town FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    i think it's more of 'moving the needle' for non soccer fans, the way everybody's been talking about becks. soccer fans would love kaka, everybody else would make fun of his name and say MLS is a sh!t league. ronaldo, zidane, ronaldinho would get more mainstream needle moving.

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