On This Day In 2005, Ronaldinho Scored THAT Iconic Goal Against Chelsea

Chelsea 4-2 Barcelona at Stamford Bridge on 8 March 2005 was one of the greatest games in Champions League history. The home side were three goals to the good less than twenty minutes in, before Ronaldinho bagged a double.

John Terry scored a late header to give the Blues a 5-4 aggregate win and send them into the quarter finals of the Champions League, but the game belonged to Ronaldinho purely based off his utterly outrageous second goal.

Image: PA
Image: PA

When the ball dropped to him at the edge of the box, he controlled it and with no options on, pulled off a filthy strike that left Petr Cech routed to the spot.

It was a ridiculous piece of technique. With no pace on the ball whatsoever, after a couple of fakes, he manages to find the corner courtesy of a toe-poke shot that blew our minds.

It's one of many genius goals R10 has served up over the years and purely for that strike alone, Ronaldinho didn't deserve to be on the losing side that game.

There's genuinely a case for it being the greatest goal in the history of the Champions League purely because of how unique it is. Only Ronaldinho would attempt something so out of the ordinary and pull it off so nonchalantly.

The Barcelona talisman would go on to win the Ballon d'Or later that year in what was undoubtedly the best period of his career.

Josh Lawless

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