In early March, 18-year-old Joao Mendes, Ronaldinho’s son, signed a contract with Barcelona after impressing the club during a trial he was invited to in January.
The deal will run until the summer of 2024. Following the official announcement, Mendes expressed his joy and gratitude on Instagram with the words, “So happy and grateful for the opportunity! Long live Barcelona.” Ronaldinho, the proud father, also expressed his pride in his son’s achievement.
He congratulated his son in a post on Instagram, while he said at aMundo Deportivo gala event, per talkSPORT:“Barcelona is part of my life. Wherever I go I take Barcelona with me.
“With the arrival of my son at Barcelona I will be more present than ever.”
Ronaldinho’s son makes his Barcelona U19s debut
per Sport , Mendes has joined Juvenil B, which is the under-19 team at Barcelona, and he recently made his debut in the Mediterranean International Cup on Wednesday. A brief video showcasing some of his standout moments during the game has surfaced on social media, and you can watch it below.
A short video showing some of his highlights in the game has emerged on social media. View it below…
🎥 Ronaldinho’s son
— Barça Spaces (@BarcaSpaces) April 6, 2023
At the time of writing, the short video has garnered over one million views on Twitter from football fans.
However, many supporters have expressed their disappointment with Mendes’ performance in the comments section of the video.
How Fans react
@poetscorneruk wrote:“I’m not really that impressed”, while@bsinghvtd said:“How can man have a highlight reel with no highlights.”
“He looks so uncomfortable on the ball, no flow at all in his dribbling,”@Children0FSatan stated.
@Chris_jay007 wrote:“Still waiting for what’s special in this video. I’m not even hating.”
While@not_alex_szn said:“I don’t see anything special really.”
Criticism of Ronaldinho’s son is harsh
Mendes has faced significant criticism online, much of which seems unjustified.
It is challenging to evaluate a player’s ability based on a brief 30-second video clip. Additionally, Mendes is only 18 years old, having joined Barcelona just over a month ago.
He is still at a very early stage of his career and has a lot of room to grow and improve.
With every game he plays for their U19s, he is sure to gain more experience and hone his skills.
Hopefully, he will continue to progress and eventually make his way into Barcelona’s first team in the near future.