Cruzeiro Sign Ronaldinho's Son To Professional Contract

Cruzeiro signs Ronaldinho’s 14 year old son Joao Mendes

Cruzeiro signs Ronaldinho’s 14 year old son Joao Mendes

The footballing world could be set for cheekier tricks after Ronaldinho's 14-year-old son Joao Mendes signed a five-year contract with Brazilian outfit Cruzeiro.

The agreement was put in place between the club and player on Friday after Mendes had impressed in the club's youth system.

Cruzeiro were unaware that Joao was the son of former Brazil global Ronaldhino until after he joined the club.

The promising forward, who will be playing with the under-14 squad, has signed a deal for several years, sources told ESPN Brasil. He can play both the striker and center attacking midfielder positions. He is a player who, even with the big size, has speed and finishes very well'.

Mendes's signing comes from his own hard work rather than gaining the opportunity via his father's reputation.

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"Cruzeiro was the team that opened their doors to me", Mendes said in the club statement.

"He's really athletic and has great technique". The workout are very good, the structure is very good.

The Brazilian hid his identity in the tryout to ensure his father's status would influence the club's decision.

"It's a happy day for me". Just thank the board for the confidence you have been giving. I thank God also for me being able to play every day. My dream is to be a professional footballer for Cruzeiro.' Said the youngster.

He also played for AC Milan, Flamengo, Atletico Mineiro, Mexico side Queretaro and Fluminense before retiring in 2015.

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