The Engenhão is the unloved ugly sister of the spiritual home of Brazilian and carioca football, the Maracanã, and the “blue mosaic”, as the sea of empty seats at the ground has been dubbed, is by now a depressingly familiar sight.
There might not be any second acts in American lives, but for big name Brazilian footballers in need of redemption it’s a rather different story.
For a two time Fifa World Footballer of the Year, Palmeiras v Atlético Mineiro was hardly the most glamorous of occasions. But for Ronaldinho Gaúcho, however, it provides perhaps a last shot at redemption.
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