Ronaldinho’s son has followed in his father’s footsteps by signing a contract with sportswear giants Nike.

The Brazilian superstar was the face of the company when he was crowned the world’s best player in 2005.

And now Joao Mendes, 14, is ready to bolster his bank balance by signing his first contract with Nike.

Teenager Mendes currently plays his football for Brazilian side Cruzeiro.

Ronaldinho revealed the news on social media with a picture of Mendes signing the contract.

He wrote the caption: “The newest member of the @nike family!!! Football with joy!!”

Joao, a forward like his father, signed his first professional contract with Cruzeiro in April this year and is seen as one of the brightest prospects in the Brazilian giants’ academy.

Mendes currently plays for Brazilian side Cruzeiro


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