FC Barcelona has signed Joao Mendes, the son of legendary Brazilian star Ronaldinho, to join their academy and follow in his father’s footsteps. Mendes, who is 18 years old, impressed the Catalan club during a trial period and hopes to prove himself as a young striker. His father, Ronaldinho, scored 98 goals in 207 matches for Barcelona during his five-year stint with the team between 2003 and 2008, leading the club to two Spanish league titles and a European Champions League trophy. Mendes had previously played in youth categories with various Brazilian clubs before joining Barcelona.
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