Ronaldinho has announced that his 17-year-old son, Joao Mendes, has signed for Barcelona after successfully passing a trial at the club.
Mendes has been without a club since February 2022 after leaving Brazilian side Cruzeiro, where he spent four years of his fledgling career. Barcelona have been linked with the centre forward since 2020, with the Catalan side offering him a trial in January 2023.
Ultimately, he did, with Ronaldinho confirming his son has signed for Barcelona while speaking to Catalan radio network RAC1.
“I can confirm Barcelona will sign Joao, Barça has always been part of my life and my heart and it will continue with my son”, Ronaldinho told RAC1.
He also told Mundo Deportivo: "Barca is part of my life, and with the arrival of my son in the academy, I will be more present. I have many friends within Barca, Xavi included, and I hope that they can win the league."