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16 Years Ago, Ronaldinho Broke The Internet With Insane Crossbar Challenge

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16 Years Ago, Ronaldinho Broke The Internet With Insane Crossbar Challenge

16 years ago, Nike struck gold when they decided to put Ronaldinho to work in order to promote their latest pair of Nike Tiempo boots.

The Joga Bonito advert starring the 2005 Ballon d'Or winner was the first video to amass 1 million views on YouTube, breaking the internet years before the Kardashians and Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites were prominent.


The video features nearly three minutes worth of footage that would prompt debate as to whether it was actually legitimate.


As gifted as he is, Ronaldinho wasn't actually playing 'keepie uppie one-two's' with the crossbar with ease.

But that's not to say the clip isn't very enjoyable and one of the best football videos of all time.

The clip was so popular that years later Nike released the advert again to mark its anniversary.


A recent video of Erling Haaland balancing three footballs on top of one another and hitting the target in an impossible training drill has been compared to the classic R10 footage - with many believing the trick was fake.

With his special type of swagger, Ronaldinho is comfortably the greatest entertainer in the history of football and showed he hasn't lost it early this year.

The Barcelona legend rolled back the years and dazzled in the 'Peace Clasico' at the Bloomfield Stadium.


While he hasn't quite in peak physical condition, he had the 29,400 fans in attendance in awe with a slew of fancy flicks, tricks and reverse passes.

He opened the scoring with an emphatic first-half penalty and busted out an iconic celebration - looking like he seriously enjoyed himself after a challenging period that included spending time in jail and losing his mother to COVID-19.


His outing was so impressive that YouTuber SVMM went and made a compilation of his best bits.

Featured Image Credit: Image: Nike

Topics: Ronaldinho, Brazil, Barcelona, Nike

Josh Lawless
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