Ronaldinho has been appointed the ambassador for tourism in Brazil, Daily Mail reports.
“Tourism is very important for generating jobs and regaining our image internationally,” Ronaldinho said at his unveiling on Thursday.
Showering praises on Ronaldinho, Brazilian Institute of Tourism’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Osvaldo Matos de Melo Junior, said:
“You take the case of Ronaldinho, a person who has almost 100million followers in his networks and voluntarily helps us at no cost for patriotism. This attitude is invaluable,” Osvaldo said.
“Just by issuing a visa to countries like the United States and Canada, we have already had over 200 per cent increase in demand for our country. We will increasingly invest, even in intelligence, to achieve our goals.”
Ronaldinho had a wonderful football career with Fluminense, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan.
He also featured in the Brazil team that won the 2002 World Cup in Korea Japan, won the Ballon d’Or in 2005, and led Barcelona to win the Champions League in 2005-06.