The talismanic Brazilian returns to the Brazil squad tonight and is expected to start for Selecao against England. Can he repeat any of the feats highlighted below to spoil the 150th anniversary of The FA party?
It has been a while since many of us would have seen mercurial talent Ronaldinho in action. He hasn’t played in Europe for two years now after joining Flamengo of his homeland in January 2011. Since then he has moved on to Atletico Mineiro and the 32-year-old has recaptured some of the form that made him twice FIFA World Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005.
He is expected to start for Selecao in the Wembley friendly with England tonight and we thought; as a homage to the great Ronaldinho, we would highlight his five greatest moments during his career.
Here they are…
Ronaldinho v Sevilla
For me this was one of Ronaldinho’s best ever goals. It epitomised Barcelona at the time as after being under the cosh early on a quick break away saw the ball at Ronaldinho’s feet. The Brazilian glided past two players as if they were training cones before hammering the ball ‘Yeboah’ style past the helpless goalkeeper.
Ronaldinho v Real Madrid
Another fine pair of solo goals scored by Ronaldinho but this time against bitter rivals Real Madrid. Not only that but he scored the goal in the Bernabeu with such ease it was a touch of magic to behold. It was his entire performance that truly caught the eye however and what makes this Ronaldinho moment so enchanting is the standing ovation he receives from Real fans after scoring his second goal.
Ronaldinho v Chelsea
The goal at the Nou Camp when he put John Terry on the weights was also something else but the one at Stamford Bridge was truly outstanding. On the edge of the box he did some samba dancing before nonchalantly dinking the ball with the outside of his right boot past the rooted Petr Cech. I still say one day the Chelsea stopper will dive for that ball.
Ronaldinho v Pascal Cygan
The former Arsenal flop forged a fairly decent career out in Spain with Villarreal however his most famous moment will always be as a spectator to Ronaldinho’s most exceptional piece of skill. The audacity in this goal is remarkable.
Perhaps not the best goal he has ever scored (despite Ronaldinho still claiming he meant it) but in the context of today’s fixture not putting this lob over David Seaman at number one would have been criminal. It ended the World Cup hopes of England way back in 2002 and truly launched Ronaldinho on to the map.
Are you looking forward to seeing Ronaldinho in action tonight?
image: © Hector Garcia