“Now I feel loved and respected. That’s how I go onto the field and realise my dream, to use all this affection from the fans. This is a special moment for my life and my career. We know we have to work hard for the Scudetto but this Milan team can go a long way in all three competitions.” – Ronaldinho.
On this form, how can Dunga leave Ronaldinho out his Brazil World Cup squad?
Only nine months ago, it appeared Ronaldinho’s international career was over. A forgettable first season at AC Milan, one in which he often struggled to get playing time amid rumours of Dinho’s party-boy lifestyle backed up by some extra pounds across his midriff, ensured that the two-time FIFA World Player of the Year missed out on both the Confederations Cup and the Samba Boys final matches during their World Cup qualification process.
Fast-forward to this Monday, Ronaldinho having bagged a hat-trick against Siena on Sunday to lift the bucked-tooth wonder to six goals in his last three matches, and the world once again seems a play-thing for the smiliest player in world football.
Ronaldinho was simply unplayable against Alberto Malesani’s charges. Capped by a stunning third goal, complete with a rhythmic jiggle of the hips before the thunderous finish into the top corner, Ronaldinho gave a performance which suggested the 29-year-old has managed to reclaim his genius witnessed at the peak of his Barcelona powers.
Individual match highlights of Ronaldinho’s performance against Siena can be seen here.
As a bonus, brilliant footage of Ronaldinho free-styling in the pre-match warm-up can be seen here.