Coutinho has admitted that it’s an ambition of his to one day play with Ronaldinho and there are only two ways that could happen.
One is on an international level with them both in the Brazilian national squad. However, Ronaldinho is now 33-years-old which means Luiz Felipe Scolari may start looking in a new direction. He has just recently been omitted from the Confederations Cup squad, a blow to his international ambitions.
The second and much more complicated option is if they can both play together at club level.
Coutinho is on a contract with Liverpool which expires in 2018 so he’s not going to be leaving the club and he doesn’t seem to want to go.
That opens the possibility of Brendan Rodgers making a move for the Brazilian legend when his current deal expires with Atletico Mineiro at the end of the year.
“Ronaldinho Gaucho. He has always been my idol because he is such a skilful player. I would love to play with him one day in the future,” said Coutinho.
Liverpool do have a chance of signing him at the end of the year but it will be a complicated transfer for them to pull off in several ways.
Ronaldinho is not a low profile player and when his contract starts to wind down, there are going to be plenty of clubs in better positions than Liverpool talking to him over high profile moves.
Rodgers would also have to accept that he’s not going to be a cheap player. His profile, skill and experience is going to come at a cost and Liverpool would have to pay a good wage deal to get him to Anfield.
That’s something which would make the deal more difficult to get past the Liverpool board who seem to be standing by their stance that Rodgers should only focus on signing a younger generation of players.
The Liverpool board rejected Rodgers’ plans to sign Ashley Williams from Swansea City as they saw his age as a disadvantage against the cash it would take to sign him.
However, the profile of Ronaldinho could work in Liverpool’s favour from a marketing and commercial view.
Think of how David Beckham transformed the marketing side of LA Galaxy as a football club, Ronaldinho could have a similar impact with Liverpool.
Not only would he sell shirts for the club, he’d improve their chances of gaining unique sponsorship deals and they would gain significant interest from Brazil.
It would be fantastic to see him in the Premier League but it may be too much of a dream for Coutinho and not enough reality as far as Liverpool are concerned.
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