Ronaldinho Scores Two Free-Kicks in One Game for Atletico Mineiro vs. Fluminense

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterSeptember 5, 2013

Ronaldinho's return to his best has been a joy to behold, and for many it was a joyous day when his Atletico Mineiro side won the Copa Libertadores earlier this year.

The 33-year-old looks as if he's having just as much fun as ever, judging by his two free-kicks in his side's 2-2 draw with Fluminense in the Brazilian Championship.

It was all the more impressive given that Ronaldinho had been missing from the lineup with injury in the previous match—a thigh injury had been hampering him, according to Sambafoot.

Atletico Mineiro were down twice in the match—but on both occasions Ronaldinho bailed them out of trouble.

It's not easy to pick a favourite finish. The first was pinpoint—struck crisply and powerfully, and leaving the goalkeeper stranded as it crashed in via the underside of the crossbar.

The second goal was no less high class. Ronaldinho dinked the ball narrowly over the wall and high into the far corner—again, the goalkeeper stood motionless, bewitched by the placement of the shot.

Perhaps what the first strike has in the way of hitting the woodwork and still going in is cancelled out by the match circumstances of the second goal—Atletico Mineiro are struggling in Brazil's Serie A this season, and victory for Fluminense would have lifted them above their rivals as the relegation battle warms up.

Whichever your favourite of the two is, though, it's good to see Ronaldinho's trademark smile as he enjoys the autumn of his career.