By Thomas Matiko
Brazilian legend Ronaldinho, one of the most gifted footballers of all time, is set two marry two women on the same day, according to media reports from his country of birth.
The 38-year-old, who announced his retirement from football early this year having had an illustrious career with FC Barcelona (Spain), AC Milan (Italy), PSG (France) among other top clubs, once vowed never to marry because of his love for women.
However, after living harmoniously with two of his girlfriend in his house since December, Ronaldinho (real name Ronaldo de Assis Moreira) has had a change of heart and now wants to marry the pair of Priscilla Coelho and Beatriz Souza in August this year.
The three have been living happily at the retired player’s £15 million mansion Rio de Janeiro. It is said that Ronaldinho has been in a relationship with Priscilla for several years but in 2016 he met Beatriz with whom he fell in love.
He then notified both women of his intention of moving in together with them and they agreed.
According to Brazilian columnist Leo Dias, Ronaldinho pays each of his two lovers an allowance of around £1,500 pounds (Sh200,000) for their personal expenditure.
The footballer also buys them similar presents, that include perfumes, from abroad during his football ambassadorial trips.
It has also been reported that he travels with both women to almost every event he attends.
In March this year, while on a trip Japan, Ronaldinho posted photos and video of himself in the company of both ladies on Instagram where he has over 32 million followers.
The retired player asked both ladies’ hand in marriage in January last year and gave them identical engagement rings. He is now set to marry the two women at a private ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.
Other media reports have quoted Ronaldinho saying that his planned marriage is a strategy for his entry into politics because family values rank high in Brazilians’ choice of their political leaders.
Despite threesome seemingly content with each other, their families are opposed to the idea. The footballer’s sister Deisi, who is strongly against his brother’s polygamous escapade, has already said she won’t attend the wedding.
Prisicilla’s family has also reportedly objected to the planned marriage.