FORMER Queretaro director Joaquin Beltran has finally revealed exactly why Ronaldinho was expelled from a training session back in 2014.
The Brazilian superstar, 42, spent a season with the Mexican side in the latter stages of his career.
Ronaldinho was expelled from a training session in 2014Credit: PA:Empics Sport
He regularly missed Monday training sessionsCredit: AP:Associated Press
During his time in South America he helped the club to the Liga MX play-off final before returning to Brazil in 2015.
However, Beltran recently admitted that Ronaldinho didn’t enjoy training and so refused to attend Monday sessions.
When speaking on the Desde la Reda podcast, the former director said: “Working with Ronaldinho was a whole experience.
“The hardest thing to understand was that he didn’t want to train anymore, he was just happy and playing, and that’s why he didn’t go to training on Mondays.
“Something that his colleagues didn’t understand, but he he didn’t go because he was the guy from a couple of Grupo Imagen companies and he had to record some sponsorships.
“Then it ended up becoming a habit for him not to go to training on Monday and the players started to understand this dynamic.
“As soon as he felt comfortable and his teammates too, that was when he was best in Mexican football, as he became the leader in assists and scored important goals too.”
He went on to reveal that the Brazilian randomly showed up to train one Monday, but he was immediately told to leave by his teammates for superstitious reasons.
Beltran added: “He was so happy in the group that one Monday he remembered showing up at training and his teammates started yelling at him to leave, asking him what he was doing there… to the superstition that if he didn’t train on Mondays, the team would still have good results.
“And Ronaldinho actually went home because of that superstition.”
It has been claimed that Ronaldinho was regularly allowed to skip training throughout his career to attend parties.
He even insisted on adding a ‘nightclub clause’ to his contract when he signed for Flamengo in 2011.
The Brazilian club were so eager to get the deal across the line that they agreed to the crazy demand.
Ronaldinho insisted on a ‘nightclub clause’ in his Flamengo contractCredit: Getty – Contributor
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