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Ronaldinho’s 14-Year-Old Son, Joao Mendes, Signs Contract With Cruzeiro 
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Ronaldinho’s 14-Year-Old Son, Joao Mendes, Signs Contract With Cruzeiro 

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Brazilian club, Cruzeiro, have signed Joao Mendes, the 14-year-old son of football icon, Ronaldinho, on a contract to keep him at the club until he's at least 19 years old.

The two-time Copa Libertadores winners wrapped up the deal for the former Barcelona star's son on Friday, after he performed well in the youth system.

Joao who has been playing for the club since 2018 was rewarded for his exploits and not for his father's reputation, having hidden that fact when he first joined the club on trial until he made the team on merit.

Speaking on the capture of the talented footballer, Cruzeiro's director of grassroots football, Amarildo Ribeiro, said:

"Today, we signed the contract of Joao Mendes, who is a promising player with interesting characteristics and who, I believe, will soon be integrating with our professional team.

Ronaldinho’s 14-Year-Old Son, Joao Mendes, Signs Contract With Cruzeiro 

"He is a tall player with high technical quality. A player who can play both as a box player and as a second striker. He is a player who, even with his size, has speed and finishes very well."

Mendes, who was very excited at getting the deal, is already eyeing first team football as he hopes to stay long at the club.

"It was the team that opened the door for me. I have a great affection for the club," Mendes was quoted to have said on the club's official website.

Ronaldinho’s 14-Year-Old Son, Joao Mendes, Signs Contract With Cruzeiro 

"The training is very good, the structure is very good. It's the biggest club in Brazil and it's a pleasure to play here.

"It's a very happy day. Thanks to the board for the confidence you have given to me. I also thank God for me being able to play every day.

"It is a dream that one day I can sign the professional contract with Cruzeiro, play professionally, score a goal in the crowded Mineirao and dedicate it to the fans."

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