Barcelona distance themselves from Ronaldinho and Rivaldo after duo back controversial Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil election

Barcelona have described Bolsonaro’s views as ‘unacceptable’ and will be moving to limit the ambassadorial roles which both Ronaldinho and Rivaldo play at the Camp Nou

Lawrence Ostlere
Tuesday 16 October 2018 18:58 BST
Far-right Brazilian candidate and congressman Jair Bolsonaro casts vote

Barcelona will move to distance themselves from former legendary players Ronaldinho and Rivaldo after the duo’s recent show of support for Brazil’s controversial presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro.

The pair have both backed Bolsonaro, whose wide array of offensive comments include misogynistic and racist language, to be the next president and he is likely to win the final round of voting which concludes on 28 October.

Ronaldinho at the recent The Best awards

Barcelona have described Bolsonaro’s views as “unacceptable” and will be moving to limit the ambassadorial roles which both Ronaldinho and Rivaldo play at the Camp Nou, after they backed his election campaign on social media. Tottenham’s Lucas Moura has also defended the 63-year-old.

Bolsonaro has made a series of controversial remarks during his political career, including vowing to kill his own son if he was homosexual, and telling a female politician during a debate that he wouldn’t rape her because she “didn’t deserve it”.

Ronaldinho and Rivaldo, who both won two Liga titles and the Ballon d’Or while at the Camp Nou, receive some financial rewards for their work with the club but will now see that work limited.

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