Ronaldinho's house broken into in Italy
THIEVES broke into Ronaldinho's house and made off with thousands of dollars worth of goods but left behind the football star's Golden Ball trophy, Italian media reports said yesterday.
Ronaldinho was at home in Brazil when the burglary took place early Tuesday morning, Corriere della Sera reported. Four thieves stole mainly jewelry and watches, Corriere reported.
Ronaldinho, who won the Golden Ball award as the best player in Europe in 2005, is in his first season with Milan. He recently moved into the house, which has been broken into twice before while previous owners lived there, including former Milan player Riccardo Sogliano.
Arsenal plans January Alonso bid
Arsenal will make a January bid for Liverpool's Basque midfielder Xabi Alonso, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The Gunners apparently also had a deadline-day bid for the Spain international turned down in the summer by Liverpool because the Londoners could not meet the Reds' $25 million valuation of the player. Arsenal offered $20.5 million.
Alonso had been unsettled at Anfield in the early part of the season, largely due to the intense speculation that linked Aston Villa's Gareth Barry with a move to Liverpool. The Spain player was apparently close to a move to Juventus, having become frustrated at a lack of first-team action, even though he had recently signed a new contract that would keep him on the Merseyside until 2012.
Subsequently, however, he has become a key part of Rafael Benitez's table-topping Liverpool side. Should Arsenal wish to buy him in January, the price would more than likely be reduced due to Alonso having already played in this season's Champions League.