Blackburn’s owners Venky’s have signed up Ronaldinho, 32, but, unfortunately for Rovers supporters, the Atletico Mineiro forward will only be starring in a movie.
The Brazilian World Cup winner has signed up with their film arm to make Ronaldinho versus Aliens, an animation inspired by Space Jam, which starred Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny.
The identity of the cartoon superstar to work with Ronaldinho is still a secret but if Venky’s, who are also poultry packers, haven’t signed up Rocky from Chicken Run, they’re missing a trick.
Ronaldinho was one of Venky’s most ambitious transfer targets when they took over at Ewood Park in 2010, and now they’ve finally got their man. It’s a shame for Rovers fans that he won’t be playing any football, however.
Meanwhile, the appointment of Blackburn’s new coaching team is on hold as a simmering boardroom battle at Ewood Park threatens to escalate into all-out civil war.
The club’s global advisor Shebby Singh and managing director Derek Shaw have been at odds since Singh’s arrival in the summer, and Shaw has flown to India to urge the club’s owners Venky’s to ditch the flamboyant Malaysian following this week’s sacking of manager Henning Berg.
Singh is said to be unperturbed by events but the plan to install Kevin MacDonald as head coach alongside Judan Ali cannot proceed without Shaw approving the contracts.
Ali was at the club’s Brockhall training ground on Friday and MacDonald expects to join him even though he is understood to have reservations about the arrangement.
Ali, who is set to become English football’s first British Asian coach, is better known for his role in a Bollywood movie.