Ronaldinho quashes retirement rumours, will play for 'many years'

Brazilian legend Ronaldinho insists that he is ready to play for "many years" as he quashed rumours of his imminent retirement.

Ronaldinho, 35, signed a two-year deal with Mexican side Queretaro in September 2014 but has attracted more attention for his off-field activities and reports suggested that he was ready to call it a day.

The two-time World Player of the Year held a news conference on Friday to clarify the situation, saying: "We do not think about retirement, I hope to spend many years in football.

"I want to continue until I feel competitive. I will not retire at the end of the season. I'm happy to be back here [in the Mexican capital.]

"We have to think about finishing well this season and then see how we can do even better next."

Queretaro president Joaquin Beltran added: "(Ronaldinho) feels good, he is at his best and we intend him to stay throughout his contract."