Ronaldinho to sign long-term contract: Report

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Brazil forward Ronaldinho is close to signing a lucrative contract which could keep him at FC Barcelona for the rest of his career.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:51 IST
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Brazil forward Ronaldinho is close to signing a lucrative contract which could keep him at FC Barcelona for the rest of his career, news agency Efe said Thursday. The contract would be for five years with an option for renewal each of the next four years, running to 2014 – when Ronaldinho would be 34. The deal was reportedly agreed Wednesday at a dinner between Ronaldinho's agent, his brother Roberto de Assis, and Barcelona president Joan Laporta and vice president Ferran Soriano. The new contract only needs to be drawn up and should be signed in a matter of weeks, Efe said. Deal signed? According to the new agreement, Ronaldinho's fixed annual salary would rise in increments to US$7.76 million in 2008, when his current contract expires, and then increase in line with inflation, sports daily Mundo Deportivo reported Thursday. The forward would also be paid a variable salary, which depends on the number of matches he plays and the trophies he wins, which would start at an annual US$4.78 million. He would also receive 5 per cent of the sum of his fixed and variable salaries as well as compensation for ceding Barcelona a third of the income from his image rights. The report came a day after Spanish radio station La Cope said Chelsea had agreed to financial terms with Ronaldinho and was planning to make Barcelona a record US$95.5 million offer. De Assis denied the story. Barcelona is trying to extend the contracts of key players who helped it win the Spanish league title for the first time in six years. It has also sought to improve the deals of its young prospects. Samuel Eto'o, Deco and Xavi Hernandez, together with rookies Lionel Messi and Damia Albelda, have all agreed to extensions until 2010, while coach Frank Rijkaard and captain Carles Puyol are expected to do so soon. Major asset Ronaldinho, who helped Brazil win the Confederations Cup last week, joined Barcelona from Paris Saint-Germain for US$35.8 million in 2003. Ronaldinho's spectacular displays in his first season made him Barcelona's major asset and gained him recognition as one of the world's best players. The club responded by granting him a salary rise and set his buyout clause at US$179.1 million. In his second season, the forward's form was less spectacular but he still won FIFA's world player of the year award in December. (AP)

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