Whistle sounds for world-best show

Central Station | 17 Feb 2017

Former Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho will be at Haikou, Hainan, next week to unveil a joint venture between Spain's Barcelona, a club where he enjoyed some of his greatest successes, and Mission Hills, the world's largest golf club when rated by courses and facilities.

The ambitious project known as Barca World will see the opening of a Barcelona football academy, a museum, megastore and a themed food and beverage operation.

"We hope to be able to bring FC Barcelona's methodology to China and Hainan," said the club's Asia-Pacific managing director, Xavier Asensi.

The museum will open this summer and be a facility that is way beyond what visitors would expect of a regular museum, he said. "It will be an experience center where football fans can enjoy the FC Barcelona atmosphere."

The 36-year-old Ronaldinho, a World Cup winner and twice Fifa's player of the year, now serves as an ambassador for Barcelona.

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