Ah, é Ronaldinho!By: André | February 3rd, 2011
Last night Flamengo beat Nova Iguaçu 1-0 and extended their unbeaten run with 15 points in 5 matches, maintaining the championship’s best defense, with only two goals conceded. And you’re wrong if you think Ronaldinho got his name in the score sheet. Wanderley scored his fourth goal this season and having scored twice at Thiago Neves’ debut he might be considered a debut specialist. The goal only came after 85 minutes and the party wouldn’t be complete without the winning goal for the 37,000 fans at the Engenhão.
Luxemburgo opted for bringing Ronaldinho in by subbing Egídio and putting Renato at the left back, and in my opinion that didn’t work well. Do you know that guy who you think is not good enough to play with you and your friends because he miss every single chance he has to pass the ball — even those easy passes that you think your grandma could make it right — but you’ve never seen someone with such a powerful shot? That, my friends, is Renato. But this doesn’t really matter.
There is one good thing in the football world: to watch Ronaldinho playing. It doesn’t matter what happens, he’s always happy. Being brilliant or being crap, scoring a goal or missing a penalty, he’s always smiling. To be Ronaldinho during a football match must be fun.
As you can see, he was not brilliant but had some good moments. I think he had a great night for someone who hasn’t been playing for a while and just joined the team. If you remember Neves’ first match, it wasn’t even close to this and four days later he scored that amazing goal against Vasco. The most important thing is that he was able to play the entire 90 minutes. He is Ronaldinho though, and people think he must be brilliant every time he touches the ball. Let’s give the man some time.
After the game, after being given a standing ovation by the fans, Ronie was clearly emoted and finished the night saying: ‘So much time without playing. And I have to pick up pace, adapt myself, play with guys I had never played before. But they’ve welcomed me with open arms, taking care of me, and the fans are surreal. Everyone was talking about the party but we were running to qualify (for the semi-finals)‘.
Next Sunday there will be more R10 and this time I expect to see a little magic coming from his feet.