Brazil’s 2002 world cup winning wizard Ronaldinho enthralled Indian audiences with a five goal display for his team Goa vs Paul Scholes Bengaluru, enroute to a comfortable 7-2 victory.
The last time these two legends met was at Champions League semifinal 2008 when Paul Scholes, the Manchester United medio, had scored a thundering long range winner to eliminate Ronaldinho’s Barcelona.
Sunday though was all very different. 36 year old Ronaldinho, who retired from club football with Fluminense in 2015, showed no signs of rustiness and started displaying his showboating, lobs, dribbles, step overs from kick off itself.
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In the game later, led by Falcao, Chennai drew 4-4 with against Michel Salgado’s Kochi.
The tournament also featuring, Ryan Giggs (Mumbai) and Hernan Crespo (Kolkata), is played across two separate venues – the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai and Peddem Sports Complex in Goa, and fronted by former Portugal international Luis Figo.
Ronaldinho’s Goa currently trail Kolkata by a point at the top of Group B, whilst Salgado’s Kochi lead Group A ahead of Mumbai.
Goa will need to carry their fight on without Ronaldinho who has to leave for Brazil as he is the official ambassador of the 2016 Paralympics Games scheduled to be held in Rio in September. He will be replaced by another Brazilian legend, Cafu, the only footballer ever to have played in three consecutive World Cup finals.
The top two sides from each division advance to the knock-out stage of the competition, which is due to be played between July 23-24.