Real Madrid crashed to a humiliating Copa del Rey exit on Jan. 24 when it was knocked out by little Leganes in the quarterfinals with under-fire coach Zinedine Zidane taking the blame.
Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho has formally confirmed his retirement from football, more than two years since his last appearance as a professional, reports in Brazil have said.
Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho has retired from football, although he has not played a game since 2015.
Ronaldinho, 37, was part of the triumphant Brazil 2002 World Cup squad, won the Champions League in 2006 with Barcelona and won the Balon d'Or in 2005.
His brother and agent Roberto Assis confirmed the retirement on Tuesday and announced a series of tribute events.
Liberia’s president-elect George Weah vowed Dec. 30 to “improve people’s lives” after the former star footballer secured a stunning run-off victory in the country’s first democratic transfer of power in decades.
A tearful Gianluigi Buffon quit international football as four-time champion Italy sensationally missed out on its first World Cup finals in 60 years after a playoff defeat to Sweden on Nov. 13.
Real Madrid's leader Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed the FIFA Best Footballer prize for the second time, given to the best player for the year 2017. The Portuguese beat the competition of Lionel Messi and Neymar and received the prize from the hands of the "Phenomenon" Ronaldo, Diego Maradona and Gianni Infantino.