The Galaxy was unable to corral Ronaldinho -- if there was, indeed, real interest. The club never acknowledged reports here, in Europe and Brazil that it was pursuing the Brazilian superstar, who signed with Rio de Janeiro giant Flamengo.
Now, according to reports in Brazil, L.A. is out to sign another massive Brazilian star: Roberto Carlos, once the finest attacking left back in the game.
Jornal da Tarde in Sao Paulo reported Friday that Roberto Carlos has told friends he has a “financially very good” offer from the Galaxy. The newspaper said Roberto Carlos, whose contract with Sao Paulo-based Corinthians ends this year, could step in when David Beckham's contract expires at season's end as the club's “idol and pitchman.”
Roberto Carlos turns 38 in April.
The Galaxy, of course, declined comment, and speculation that Roberto Carlos could join the club this season doesn't appear possible. L.A. already has maxed out its Designated Player slots -- Beckham, Landon Donovan and Juan Pablo Angel -- and Roberto Carlos is not going to consider a sub-DP offer as “financially very good.”
Jornal da Tarde said the defender is looking to leave Corinthians after receiving threats following the club's preliminary-round loss in Copa Lbertadores, South America's club championship, but in a blog post at the newspaper's Web site later Friday, Roberto Carlos denied he wanted out and said he had no deal with the Galaxy, telling the newspaper: “No, I'm not leaving, no.”
He was one of the world's premier players in the late 1990s and in the first years of this century, starring for 11 seasons with Real Madrid and making 125 appearances for Brazil's national team, which he represented in the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups. Brazil won the title in 2002.