Ronaldinho scores direct from a corner (Avai – Flamengo)

It isn’t hard to see why Ronaldinho has been recalled to the Brazil national team squad. Two goals on Wednesday night in Flamengo’s 3-2 defeat at Avai means he has now notched nine goals in his last 10 games.

Defeat at Avai came as a blow to Flamengo’s title hopes, they slipped down to fourth in the table, but it was due to no lack of effort from the gap-toothed wonder who has chartered his own special plane to go straight from Florianopolis to Sao Paulo and then on to London to play for Brazil against Ghana.

Ronaldinho’s corner kick goal came with Flamengo 1-0 down in the 37th minute, the former Barcelona and AC Milan forward curled in a brilliant effort that went straight in at the near post despite the best efforts of Avai keeper Felipe and a defender.

The goal has already been hailed in Brazil as an “Olimpico” – one direct from a corner kick. On 88, Ronaldinho claimed a consolation for Flamengo, slipping the ball home from close range to give the Rio giants hope of rescuing the game.

As is the custom in Brazil, Ronaldinho was interviewed as he was walking off the pitch and ignored his two goals simply stating that “We need to make less mistakes if we want to win.”

Ronaldinho’s goal straight from a corner v Avai is here. His second can be seen on this video.

And both goals are here.


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