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Ronaldinho's goals celebration!
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Ronaldinho's goals celebration!
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Tim Vickery: Ronaldinho's moment of truth is at hand in Brazilian championship
It is a dilemma that will be familiar to fans of Flamengo, Ronaldinho's current club, and one that may be solved one way or the other during the course of the
Ronaldinho's moment of truth is at hand in Brazilian championship
TIM VICKERYMAY 18, 2011
It is a dilemma that will be familiar to fans of Flamengo, Ronaldinho's current club, and one that may be solved one way or the other during the course of the Brazilian championship, which kicks off this weekend.
Flamengo supporters organized a huge party at the start of the year when, after a decade in Europe, Ronaldinho opted to come back across the Atlantic and sign with the Rio giants. This is a club closely associated with the great Zico, and the fans were delighted to have another world-famous name wearing their No. 10 shirt. Most of them still are. But some three and a half months later there is a consensus that his level of performance has been unworthy of the celebrations, and of the massive salary he is earning.
True, Flamengo won the Rio State championship earlier this month. But it was hardly the most inspirational of triumphs. Coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo faithfully followed the formula of beating the tiny teams and drawing with the big ones -- a line of approach, incidentally, that would see the team relegated from the first division if adopted for the Brazilian championship. The big, decisive games against local rivals Botagofo, Fluminense and Vasco da Gama all ended in draws, with Flamengo winning the penalty shootouts.
Moreover, it has now become apparent to almost everyone that winning the state title no longer means very much. It confers local bragging rights, but nothing more -- unlike the Brazilian Cup. The Cup winners qualify for the following year's version of the Copa Libertadores, South America's equivalent of the Champions League. And the winners of that go on to the World Club Cup, where they have a shot at glory against those rich Europeans -- just as Flamengo did 30 years ago when, in the greatest day of the club's history, it beat Liverpool 3-0. Landing the Brazilian Cup was the priority for the first half of this year, but that dream has ended already. Last week, in its first serious test in the competition, Flamengo was eliminated by Ceara. As Flamengo lost the first leg in front of its fans in Rio, the boos started ringing out for Ronaldinho.
The goofy playmaker comes up with the occasional flash that brings back memories of his former glories. He will bring a difficult ball under total control as if he had suction pads on his boots. Or there will be a glorious, defense-splitting pass for a colleague. But these are mere scraps. The burning acceleration he had in his prime has gone forever.
Two years ago, when Ronaldo returned to Brazil to join Corinthians, there were serious doubts that he would be able to play top-class football. He had suffered a terrible sequence of horrific knee injuries, and he had an obvious weight problem, caused, he later revealed, by a thyroid problem.
But Ronaldo was still able to tip the balance. He was the decisive figure as Corinthians qualified for the Libertadores by winning the 2009 Brazilian Cup, and had he been able to play more games last year, the club would probably have been national champions.
Flamengo won the national title the year before, a triumph in which the key figure was Serbian playmaker Dejan Petkovic, at the grand old age of 37. When the club brought him back for that campaign few took it seriously. He was, it was said, an ex-player who would make little or no contribution. But he ended up being the dominant figure, bossing the midfield and supplying center forward Adriano with a succession of intelligent assists.
Ronaldinho has only just turned 31. He has no history of serious injury a la Ronaldo. And yet so far he has been a peripheral figure, good for the odd moment, the occasional free kick, but giving no sign that he is going to take charge of the game. It was hoped that after a sequence of matches he would be sharper, fitter, hungrier. That has not happened. There are no complaints that he is skimping on training. But I wonder if his heart and soul are truly in it.
There are no such doubts about Carnaval. Just over two months ago Ronaldinho enjoyed himself thoroughly, lapping up every moment of the celebrity experience during Brazil's big party. He seemed to make up for all those Carnavals that he missed while he was in Europe.
Earlier this week, after the party to celebrate Flamengo's state championship, he seemed set to board a plane and rush down to Buenos Aires to participate in Argentine TV's version of Dancing With the Stars. It did not happen. But the mere fact that it was cogitated just a few days before Flamengo's debut in the Brazilian championship might be interpreted as a sign of lack of focus.
It has been five years now -- half many a top-class career -- since Ronaldinho has been at anywhere near his wonderful best, and it may be that living the celebrity life is more important to him than playing soccer. In interviews the man is guarded and defensive on this theme, almost as if he does not want to admit to himself that his level of performance has fallen so far.
At the risk of straying into the area of completely amateur psychology, I wonder how much of this has to do with the premature death of his father. Ronaldinho's older brother, Assis, is now his agent. Some 25 years ago he himself was a footballing prodigy, signed to a fat contract by Gremio in their home city of Porto Alegre. The family moved across town to a plush neighborhood and bought a house with a swimming pool -- in which their father tragically suffered a heart attack and died. Ronaldinho was 8 years old at the time. It is surely possible that this awful event has given him a sense of the precariousness of life, a need to take advantage of opportunities with all due urgency, because tomorrow never knows.
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Remembering Ronaldinho's Excessive Milan Nights
A typically cold October afternoon in northern Italy is not the ideal stage, but as his AC Milan side prepared to take on Atalanta , Ronaldinho decided the fans who had packed into the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia deserved to be entertained...
Remembering Ronaldinho's Excessive Milan Nights
Adam [emailprotected]@Adz77 Featured Columnist July 14, 2017
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A typically cold October afternoon in northern Italy is not the ideal stage, but as his AC Milan side prepared to take on Atalanta, Ronaldinhodecided the fans who had packed into the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia deserved to be entertained.
Warming up for the match, the smiling Brazilian began smashing long-range shots off the crossbar for no other reason than the fact he could. Greeting the referees with handshakes and ruffling the mascot's hair, Gaucho was clearly in the mood to showcase his immense talent to the full.
He danced past defenders with ease in the early going, displaying what appeared to be his entire repertoire of tricks, with the Atalanta players powerless to end the torment he was inflicting. They were 1-0 up on the scoreboard, but there was little doubt who the best player on the pitch was. The Rossoneri No. 80 repeatedly embarrassing would-be markers with feints, shimmiesand no-look passes.
Then, with time running out, Alessandro Nesta lofted a pass deep into the opposition box. In a flash, Ronaldinho was there, controlling it with his chest before dispatching a perfectly timed volley into the back of the net beyond goalkeeper Andrea Consigli.
A share of the points and a smiling goalscorer, the former Ballon d'Or winner looked superb throughout, and it was almost impossible to imagine he had been heavily fined by Milan for his conduct in the build up to the game.
The reason? Days earlier, the Serie A giants had been preparing for a UEFA Champions League clash with FC Zurich, only to discover that the forward had been at a Milanese nightclub until 2:30 a.m. just 48 hours before the game.
According to the Corriere dello Sport (h/t Vince Masiello ofGoal), he still arrived on time for training the following day but was relegated to the bench for the match and punished by club vice president Adriano Galliani. The Swiss side ran out 1-0 winners at the San Siro, withRonaldinho not involved but forced to look on as his side were shockingly overturned.
His response would be that star turn against Atalanta, but rather than ensure he was ready for the next fixture, Ronaldinhoimmediately flew to Paris. Another late night—this time at the L'Ermitage club in the French capital (see video above)—followed, with the criticism of his lifestyle seemingly even less concerning to him than a scything tackle from an overly physical opponent.
"That was always his approach," Paolo, a season-ticket holder at San Siro told Bleacher Report. "Win, lose, play well, play badly—Ronaldinho didn’t care. He would still find a party and enjoy himself long into the night. We loved him at Milan, but he hurt himself and his career, never worried who saw him."
Carlo Ancelotti's final season as manager at the club was the former Barca man's first, but even then, he saw the self-inflicted harm take its toll. "The decline of Ronaldinho hasn't surprised me," the coach remarked later, per Mark Meadows ofReuters. "His physical condition has always been very precarious. His talent, though, has never been in question."
Carlo Ancelotti saw Ronaldinho start to fail.DAMIEN MEYER/Getty Images
With Kaka and Ancelotti both gone ahead of the 2009/10 campaign, Milan were clearly expecting more from Ronaldinho, with La Gazzetta dello Sport reporting that then-owner Silvio Berlusconi made the player promise his team-mates he would do his best to help them (h/t Anthony Sormani ofGoal).
However, just days later, he was spotted in another club, enjoyinga Latin American music festival with goalkeeper and compatriotDida. Midnight came and went, yet the two remained, signing autographs and taking pictures before some Milan supporters decided they had seen enough.
They began yelling at the pair and insisted they went home to be ready for training later that day. "It was ridiculous," Paolo continued. "I wasn't there that night, but a friend was, and he saysRonaldinho just laughed about it and told them not to worry, but eventually he was convinced it was time to leave."
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From there, he seemed to avoid such public confrontations for a while and began to deliver on the pitch, with new boss Leonardo bringing the best from him. Ronaldinhofinished that season as Serie A's leading assist provider, with 14, while netting a further 12 times himself.
Yet concerns continued over the impact his lifestyle was having, and when Massimiliano Allegri replaced Leonardo in the summer of 2010, the Italian simply refused to tolerate the partying and late nights.
Ronaldinho made just 16 appearances in all competitions during the following campaign, with five of those coming from the bench. By January 2011, he was heading back to Brazil, signing for Flamengo as his European adventure came to an end.
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