Ronaldinho Comes Out Of Retirement, Produces Filthy No-Look Assist For Santa Fe
Ronaldinho put his boots and headband back on in a friendly game for Colombian outfit Sante Fe last night and marked his return to action with an outrageous no-look assist.
R10 has played in various charity games in recent years but hasn't played competitively since his spell with Fluminense in 2015. You wouldn't know it judging by the magic the 39-year old conjured up in a 2-0 win over Atletico Nacional last night though.
The 2005 Ballon d'Or winner rolled back the years when he delivered the most delightfully-weighted pass that opened up the opposition backline and was finished confidently by Jose Luis Caicedo.
Even better, the king of Samba sauce laid on the inch-perfect assist while looking in the opposite direction - a signature move throughout the former Barcelona superstar's illustrious career at the top level. That's what you call a flex.
Ronaldinho rolling back the years with a perfect no-look through ball for Caicedo to score past Rene Higuita in a game tonight in Bogota. pic.twitter.com/5MIENDF9At- Simon Edwards (@SimonEdwardsSAF) October 18, 2019
The most expensive ticket for the game at the Estadio El Campin in Bogota was £30 and that pass from Ronaldinho was worth the admission fee alone.
There were talks that Ronaldinho's appearance in the game was in doubt after he had his passport seized by the Brazilian government for failing to pay an environmental damage fine, but fortunately for him and fans in attendance the situation was resolved.
Ronaldinho announced his retirement from the professional game after his agent and brother Roberto de Assis Moreira broke the news back in January 2018.
In an interview with Globoesporte, he confirmed that the the Brazilian ace had hung up his boots.
"He stopped. Ended. Let's do something pretty big, nice, after the Russian Cup, probably in August. We will do various events in Brazil, Europe and Asia. And, of course, we are combining a game with the Brazilian team.." he said.
He was reportedly in talks to come out of retirement with Maltese Premier League side Birkirkara FC but a move never materialised.