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Wednesday, January 09, 2019, 10:35
Ronaldinho honored at Rio's Maracana hall of fame
By Associated Press
Wednesday, January 09, 2019, 10:35 By Associated Press

Brazil's former soccer player Ronaldinho Gaucho places stands on molding material to make a plaque of his footprints for Brazil's Soccer Walk of Fame at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jan 8, 2019. (LEO CORREA / AP PHOTO)

RIO DE JANEIRO - Ronaldinho has joined the hall of fame of Rio de Janeiro's famous Maracana stadium.

The 2002 World Cup champion and 2006 Champions League winner with Barcelona was given the honor on Tuesday.

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The 38-year-old star joined Pele, Garrincha, Zico and other Brazilian greats who also have footprints in the stadium's hall of fame.

Brazil's former soccer player Ronaldinho Gaucho greets fans before printing his feet on a plaque that will be placed on Brazil's Soccer Walk of Fame at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jan 8, 2019. (LEO CORREA / AP PHOTO)

"This is one of the greatest achievements of my career," an emotional Ronaldinho said at the ceremony.

Ronaldinho played for local giants Flamengo between 2011 and 2012, but did not win any trophies during that spell.

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The tribute comes during troubled times for the Brazilian, who had his passport seized by police in November. The decision is related to a US$2.5 million debt.

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