Ronaldinho has reinvented himself since moving to Belo Horizonte. The legs are no longer what they were, but in their place a wiser, cannier playmaker has emerged.
The news that former Fenerbahçe star Alex has flung off his wedding band and announced himself to be “out there” has thrown more than a few Brazilian clubs into a frenzy of loafer polishing, cologne dousing, and nostril hair plucking, in the hope of wooing the experienced midfielder back to their particular corner of the motherland.
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.
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.
Welcome to the Overhead Hall of Fame, Wayne. Manchester United’s man of the moment made time and Kompany stand still as his exquisite bicycle-kick stormed into Joe Hart’s harrowed net on Saturday. For all his off-field ignominy, this was a reminder that Rooney possesses the ability to dictate the ball with devastating effect.
“I keep seeing [...]
Ronaldinho looks all set to depart European shores once and for all despite the speculation linking him to Blackburn in what would be a sad good-bye to one of the best talents that the world saw in recent years.
The life of footballers is often trumped up as an exuberant and extravagant affair full of drinking, [...]
Blackburn not chicken about Ronaldinho
Is Ronaldinho really worth £6.2m in the Premier League? Forgive me if I laugh at the new owners of Blackburn if they think this player will solve their problems but it is managers that are the key signings for clubs. They were potty to sack Big Sam, I don’t think his [...]
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