[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Saturday’s emotional hat trick by Ronaldinho began with an amazing top corner finish from the wing that moved him to tears in a 6-0 home win over Figueirense.
Now 32, the two-time FIFA World Player of the Year added a pair of assists to his three goals, helping Atletico Mineiro remain second in Brazil behind Fluminese. Looking a bit more svelte, and playing well, Ronaldinho ended August with THIS goal from a run started in his own half, and a playful celebration. Saturday’s opener elicited a very different reaction.
Ronaldinho took the field facing a possible multi-game suspension for a high cleat two weeks ago, and one day after the death of his stepfather, to whom he dedicated the performance.
“I did the best I could, what I had to offer, in his honor," he said. The opener comes off a return pass on this short corner. Ronaldinho lets the ball run, then curls in this wicked first touch from distance, causing the star to drop to one knee, overwhelmed by emotion