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Ronaldinho Rolls Back The Years With Hat-trick In Exhibition Match

James Hilsum

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Ronaldinho Rolls Back The Years With Hat-trick In Exhibition Match

Ronaldinho rolled back the years after netting a superb hat-trick in an exhibition match earlier this week.

The Brazilian legend played alongside Ronaldo Nazario's son in a game against a team led by comedian Carlinhos Maia.

His third and final strike in the match was a superb chip over the opposition keeper to cap off a memorable 5-1 win for his side.

The 41-year-old may have retired from the professional game in 2015, but this footage below shows that he hasn't lost any of the old magic from a glittering career.


He said on Twitter: "My thanks to everyone who was at the 2021 Game of Joy here in Maceio!!!

"It was a pleasure to see so many artists, participate in this party and even help the next ones...

"We could still play a little in the field."

PA: Ronaldinho
PA: Ronaldinho

One of the game's all-time greats bowed to the crowd after scoring and left those who witnessed his skills feeling nostalgic when reminiscing over his peak years in the mid noughties.

It was during this time when Ronaldinho's was at Barcelona, where he won two La Liga titles, two Spanish Supercups and the Champions League during a magical five-year spell at the Camp Nou.

The twinkle-toed maestro also won all three of his individual awards during that period, winning the Best FIFA Men's Player award in 2004 and 2005, and the Ballon d'Or as well in the latter year.

PA: Ronaldinho during his time at Barcelona.
PA: Ronaldinho during his time at Barcelona.

He was also part of the Brazil side that won the World Cup in 2002, and represented his country 97 times, scoring 33 goals.

One of those goals came in the form of a famous lob over David Seaman in a quarter-final win over England on route to that World Cup triumph, which arguably began his rapid rise to prominence on the global stage.

Aside from his spell at Barcelona, he also featured for Paris Saint Germain and AC Milan in Europe, as well as for Gremio Fluminense, Flamengo, Atlético Mineiro in his native Brazil, and Querétaro FC in Mexico.

Topics: Ronaldo Nazario, Ronaldinho, Barcelona, Brazil

James Hilsum
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