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Ronaldinho shows he's still got skills after sending pitch-invader for a hotdog

John McDougall

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Ronaldinho shows he's still got skills after sending pitch-invader for a hotdog

Just before the era of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo dominating the stakes of who is the best footballer in the world, Ronaldinho was widely regarded as the number one player on the planet.

For a spell in the mid-2000s, the Brazilian flourished at Barcelona as the Catalan side emerged as European Champions in 2006 and won La Liga twice with Ronaldinho in the team.

His form led to him winning the 2005 Ballon d'Or and between 2003 and 2008, he scored 94 goals in 207 games at the Camp Nou outfit.

And in one of his most memorable moments, he drew the applause of Real Madrid supporters after a remarkable solo goal at the Santiago Bernabeu, quite the rarity in feisty El Clasico fixtures.

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Another was his goal against Chelsea in 2005 in the Champions League, a toe poke at Stamford Bridge which completely left goalkeeper Petr Cech stranded.

Ronaldinho also scored 33 goals in 97 games for Brazil and has gone down in the game as one of the all-time greats for Barcelona and his country.

Having joined Paris Saint-Germain from Gremio in 2001, he moved to Barcelona two years later before departing in 2008.

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From there, his career included spell at AC Milan, Flamengo, Atletico Mineiro, Queretaro, before hanging up his boots after a spell with Fluminense in 2015.

Former Barcelona and Brazil attacker Ronaldinho. (Credit: Getty)
Former Barcelona and Brazil attacker Ronaldinho. (Credit: Getty)

Though he no longer plays professionally, Ronaldinho still puts his boots on for various legends games representing his old clubs, including Barcelona.

Most recently, a Barca legends side has been in Israel taking on Maccabi Tel Aviv, coming out on top with 5-3 and 5-1 scorelines.

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And in one of the games, a spectator managed to get on the pitch, but Ronaldinho took it in his stride and showed his legendary skills have not deserted him despite retiring professionally from football.

Footage has shown the Brazilian smiling at the crowd as he notices a pitch invader, before jinking both ways to evade the oncoming person.

Eventually, the stadium security manage to catch the pitch invader and subdue them, as Ronaldinho showed he has lost none of the skill which was a hallmark of his playing career.

Watch the full moment here.

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Featured Image Credit: Screengrab/X

Topics: Ronaldinho, Barcelona, Brazil

John McDougall
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