The transfer silly season is upon us and the rumours and speculation will be flying from now until the transfer window closes at the end of January. This week, a new name making the rounds in the Liverpool transfer circles is the name of Ronaldinho. Now back in 2005 when Ronaldinho was head and shoulders above everyone else as the best player in the world, we as Liverpool fans would have marveled being linked with signing Ronaldinho at that time. But now, 5 years later is when we are being linked with the Brazilian player.
5 years is a long time in the football world and Ronaldinho is clearly not as good a player now as he was then. But as the saying goes, form is temporary but class is permanent. There is no doubt that Ronaldinho still possesses a lot of class in him and it is this class that may just be the x-factor we need at Liverpool.
Many people have said to me that signing Ronaldinho would not be a good move for Liverpool but I beg to differ. Ronaldinho is out of contract at AC Milan at the end of this season so they may look to cash in on him in January or we get him for free next season. There may not be a high transfer fee for Ronaldinho if we move for him in January, but he may demand high wages. Now for a player who is 30, Liverpool may not be willing to break their wage budget for him.
But the benefits of signing Ronaldinho would be immense. As I mentioned earlier, Ronaldinho may be getting old but he still has a lot to offer in the game. He is without a doubt one of the best players of his generation. In him simply wearing the famous Liverpool shirt, he would create a buzz around Anfield. Shirt sales would go through the roof which would bring in much needed revenue for Liverpool. The current players at the club would be lifted by the arrival of such a big name and it could just go a long way for the new owners in showing that we mean business and are able to make such a big name signing. On the field, can you imagine an attacking force comprising of Gerrard, Torres and Ronaldinho? That would be a joy to watch. We have not had some ‘Samba Magic’ at Liverpool and we should not expect Lucas to be giving us ‘no look passes’ anytime soon, so being entertained a bit on the field would be a much needed change for us Liverpool fans.
My concerns though with signing Ronaldinho would lead back to my lack of belief in Roy Hodgson. I do not believe Hodgson would know how to use Ronaldinho. Knowing Roy, we would see him play Ronaldinho as a left back! Secondly, Ronaldinho has some off the field problems and one wonders how those would effect him and the team, not to mention his weight problems. Signing Ronaldinho would be a high risk if we do pay high wages for him as he could easily flop. But with high risk comes high return.
But given the chance, I would say let us bring Ronaldinho to Liverpool for a season or two. Remember what Gary McAllister did when he joined Liverpool? Ronaldinho may just have a similar impact, if not greater.