Ronaldinho rolls back the years! Barcelona proves great that class is permanent against Real Madrid legends after he lofted a brutal chip from distance just over the bar… before scoring a penalty in a narrow 3-2 defeat at El Clasico with a twist
- Ronaldinho delivered a brilliant performance for Barcelona against Real Madrid
- All-time Nou Camp legend Ronaldinho rolled back the years in the legends game
- The crowd stood on their feet after his chip fell over the goal from a distance
- Despite netting with a penalty, Ronaldinho and his teammates fell to a 3-2 defeat
Ronaldinho proved once again that class is permanent after he delivered a breathtaking display in the legends clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The Nou Camp icon joined a host of other all-time greats yesterday in the entertaining match in Tel Aviv, Israel, and quickly stole the show.
It was Madrid that triumphed after a hard-fought 3-2 win, with Ronaldinho’s goal from the penalty spot ultimately not enough for the Blaugrana.
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Ronaldinho proved that class is permanent after playing for Barcelona against Real Madrid legends
Ronaldinho, the greatest of all time, shone with his performance in the El Clasico match in Tel Aviv, Israel
Goals from Pedro Munitis, Alfonso Perez and Ruben de la Red finished the last El Clasico encounter with a twist, while Ronaldinho and Jofre Mateu took the consolation.
He thrived with players like Deco and Rivaldo around him and it wasn’t long before Ronaldinho came into the limelight reminding supporters of his amazing skills.
With just over six minutes played, the wily playmaker grabbed a loose ball, looked up and then tried to chip Jordi Codina from the center circle.
Ronaldinho came close to scoring in stunning style after his chip just flew over from distance
A red-faced Codina hurried back to his line, but could only watch as Ronaldinho’s daring dink flew overhead and kissed the roof of the net.
The effort set the tone for Ronaldinho’s formidable performance, and he also got the crowd going as he neatly set up Rivaldo for a host of missed opportunities.
He would eventually seal a spot on the score sheet, however, after stepping up from 12 yards to blast his dot past Codina’s outstretched hand.
Ronaldinho brilliantly threw back the years and even celebrated in his signature style, sticking out a thumb and little finger with a clenched fist.
The ball was given away to Ronaldinho just in the Madrid half and he pitched his dink forward.
As Jordi Codina raced back to his line, the good effort ended up on the wrong side of the crossbar
Madrid, however, made a fine comeback, with Munitis shooting home on the rebound after Jose Amavisca’s attempt was held at bay.
Munitis then turned to the supplier to beat Perez for a second time, before Mateu danced his way to goal to stay at home and level for Barcelona.
But Los Blancos would not be denied the bragging rights, and de la Red made room to fire before finding the back of the net.
Despite the defeat, Ronaldinho is said to have taken off from the ground ecstatic after being treated to a rousing reception every time he touched the ball.
Ronaldinho was treated to a wild reception from the crowd as he weaved his midfield magic
He had left a number of defenders in the dust, just like in the heyday of his illustrious career, and wasn’t afraid to pull some tricks to work his way up.
Ronaldinho also clattered an attempt from the crossbar and notably every team-mate had flocked to congratulate him on his goal from the penalty spot.
During his time at Barcelona, the now 41-year-old took the LaLiga trophy twice and won the Champions League. He also won the Ballon d’Or in 2005.
After playing a total of 207 games in Catalonia, Ronaldinho confirmed his place in the pantheon of football icons with 94 goals and 71 assists.
Roberto Carlos played for Madrid and was even able to try his luck with a signature free kick
Pedro Munitis was on target as Madrid narrowly won 3-2 in the enthralling clash
And its time in competitive exhibitions may not be over yet, with this match being the first of several involving Barcelona legends around the world.
According to a statement, the matches are “designed to promote Barca’s name and values around the world through its former players.”
It adds: “The goal is to play games and organize parallel events in different places around the world.”