Ronaldinho To Atletico Mineiro: Ex-Flamengo Star Signs With Belo Horizonte Club

06/05/2012 07:24 am ET

By Mark Doyle,

Atletico Mineiro has confirmed the signing of Ronaldinho, just days after his acrimonious departure from Flamengo.

The Brazil international parted company with the Rubro-Negro on Friday, after being given permission to unilaterally rescind his contract with the club by the Rio de Janeiro Labor Court because a dispute over unpaid wages, with the 32-year-old claiming that he is owed over 16 million euros.

Following speculation linking Ronaldinho with Palmeiras and Chinese outfit Guangzhou Fuli, Atletico Mineiro has now confirmed that it has signed the attacker until the end of the year.

The former Barcelona ace had earlier been spotted by Arena SporTV decked out in Galo's colors at the club's training ground.

The deal is something of a coup for Belo Horizonte outfit, who had failed in its attempts to lure Inter forward Diego Forlan and Vasco midfielder Juninho Pernambucano to Belo Horizonte.

Ronaldinho, meanwhile, only joined Flamengo from AC Milan last January but his time at the Engenhao has been marked by controversy and relations between the player and the club had become increasingly strained in recent weeks, with vice-president Paulo Cesar Coutinho having last week been caught on camera slating the World Cup winner.

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