As part of a tour he is doing in Colombia, Ronaldinho Gaucho might be playing his final exhibition matches before completely retiring.
This is something that makes a lot of people quite sad, Ronaldinho Gaucho might be playing the final exhibition matches of his career.
The Brazilian legend is arguably the most talented footballer who ever lived, nobody can compare to the level of performance he reached when he was in his prime.
Talk about Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi all you want, Ronaldinho was the real deal when he was still balling at FC Barcelona.
When his level started to decline, ‘Dinho’ knew that it was time for him to leave the Catalan club.
The natural option was to play in Italy, where all the veterans usually go to live their retirement from European football.
AC Milan was his destination and Ronaldinho was able to win one last major trophy, which was the domestic Serie A.
Even at the level he got in Italy, Ronaldinho was still one of the most clinical assist-providers in the world.
His time there even gave us the gift of watching Ronaldinho playing next to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a magical time in AC Milan’s most recent history.
By the time he decided to leave Europe, the Brazilian was nowhere near the level that made him the best player in the world.
However, he still had some pretty ambitious dreams that he wanted to fulfill in the American Continent.
When he first arrived in South America to play in his country, Ronaldinho envisioned his success and it materialized perfectly for him.
Ronaldinho’s no-look assist early this morning vs Atletico Nacional is the best thing today! 😱😂🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/T4kU5fHqvD
— BeksFCB (@Joshua_Ubeku) October 18, 2019
When he won the Copa Libertadores with Atletico Mineiro, we all knew that the end of his professional career was near.
‘Dinho’ felt it as well but he didn’t want to lose that feeling of empowerment that the fans gave him, the level of reverence we all show for him is unique.
Only players like Diego Maradona, Pele or Lionel Messi can gather multitudes as Ronaldinho can.
In my case, I had a very specific experience with him when he visited Mexico as he was playing for Gallos Blancos.
The excitement in the air was palpable, the first time he touched the ball as he stood only yards away from me was magical.
Ronaldinho truly showed me that he is one of the greats, I only regret that I couldn’t watch him in his prime.
Even though he was still playing competitive football at the top level, this version of Ronaldinho was getting closer to his retirement but not completely.
The man still had many matches to play around the world, exhibition games for which he gets paid a lot of money and dedicates to all the fans who come to watch him play.
This is exactly what’s happening in Colombia right now, the fans from that country may be enjoying the final matches that Ronaldinho will offer before he really retires from football.
Just as we expected, ‘Dinho’ dropped a few gems during his latest exhibition game against Atletico Nacional.
Ronaldinho back on the pitch playing in a friendly with Santa Fe 😍 pic.twitter.com/eaUJ6agbI2
— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 18, 2019
Another clinical assist from Ronaldinho.
In order to honor this great player, Independiente de Santa Fe was the team for which he played against Atletico Nacional.
Campin Stadium in Bogota was the place where 25,000 strong gathered to cheer the Brazilian.
Accompanied by Colombian legends such as Aquivaldo Mosquera, Camilo Zuñiga, and Rene Higuita, Ronaldinho played another magical match for 80 minutes.
The first goal came from Camilo Charria after a corner kick, and the second one came from Jose Luis Caicedo.
In that second goal, Ronaldinho was the one who provided a beautiful assist with one of those famous ‘no-look’ passes that he loves performing.
By the time the ref decided to take him off, it was obviously so he could get a standing ovation.
This feeling from the public will never get old for Ronaldinho, the fans always go crazy when they cheer him.
We are aware of how grateful he is with these reactions, but he ended in tears this time around of a very specific reason.
We got reports that Ronaldinho might be playing his final exhibition matches before retiring completely from the game, a moment that we all dreaded but we knew was coming.
Before returning to Brazil, Ronaldinho will play one more match in Cali next weekend.
Para la historia…
RONALDINHO 🔟🔴⚪ pic.twitter.com/GreqVagmqB
— Cardenales x Siempre (@Los__Cardenales) October 18, 2019
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