Ronaldinho: 5 Memorable Moments from One of Brazil's All-Time Greats

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Ronaldinho: 5 Memorable Moments from One of Brazil's All-Time Greats
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Ronaldinho landed on European shores almost 11 years ago at the tender age of 21. Now at 32, the Brazilian has seen it all in the game of football. 

He has played for two of the biggest clubs in the world and has reached the pinnacle of national team football by winning the World Cup. Though he is now overshadowed by Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo, Ronaldinho has achieved as much, if not more, as those great players have. 

Unfortunately, many will see the Brazilian's nightlife as the reason for his decline, something Messi and Ronaldo don't seem to have, and it is that life away from the pitch that has led to the playmaker's exit from the football spotlight. Though his move back to Brazil to play his club football hasn't helped, and many of the English-speaking media have all but forgotten the two-time World Player of the Year. 

However, Ronaldinho arguably reached the height of his career when Barcelona defeated Arsenal for the 2005-06 European Cup. Six years on, it is amazing how quickly the football landscape has changed.

A new generation of football fans, in love with Barcelona and Real Madrid, are close to clueless about the wide-smiling Brazilian as well. To many, he is just a player on a video game with fantastic skill attributes or a man from a highlight video that is finishing out his days in the sun.

Now we look back at five memorable moments from one of Brazil's all-time greats.

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