Even before the match had kicked off, Ronaldinho had the pundit’s tongues wagging as the bucked-toothed magician managed to retain his starting berth despite a reported squabble with manager Leonardo after the Napoli clash.
And it was a good thing, as Ronaldinho proved one of Milan’s heroes as the Rosseneri picked up another three points. The number 80 was a central figure throughout, being the architect of both of the hosts goals which were scored by Marco Borriello.
Playing down the left hand side, Ronaldinho was electrifying from the off showing off several trademark touches before clinically teeing up Borriello to score after just nine minutes. Ronaldinho cut his way in from out wide to a more central position, drawing two defenders towards him in the process, before perfectly threading a ball to Borriello who calmly slotted a shot through Miranteâ€™s legs for the opener.
Fellow Brazilian Alexandre Pato struggled slightly to get involved in the match. operating down the right hand touchline The Duck looked isolated and off-the-pace in the early exchanges, and when he finally got an opportunity to hit the target the forward snatched at header on the half hour.
The second half followed the same pattern for Milan’s Samba Boys, as Ronaldinho appeared to have slightly more cutting-edge to his game whereas Pato made decent headway down his flank without ever really looking like contributing with a goal.
Borriello then netted his second after Ronaldinho, who was still looking sprightly in the 92nd minute, had time to pick him out with a cross, and the former Genoa striker hit a spectacular bicycle kick past Mirante.
Match highlights of the performance of Ronaldinho & Pato against Parma can be seen here.