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Brazil vs. Mexico: Heroic Ronaldinho Proves He's Not Done Dominating Yet

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistOctober 12, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05:  Ronaldinho of Brazil looks on during the International friendly match between Brazil and Ghana at Craven Cottage on September 5, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Clive Rose/Getty Images

The Brazilians did everything they could to allow Mexico to steal a win in Torreon.

Brazil scored Mexico's only goal for them. Dani Alves put the Brazilians down to 10 men late in the first half by being Dani Alves. Andย he gave Mexico a penalty kick in the process.

Brazilian keeper Jefferson made the penalty save, and none of the rest mattered. In the end, a 10-man squad was still too much for Mexico, and the Brazilians escaped with a 2-1 win.

Mexican star Chicharito playing for Manchester United
Mexican star Chicharito playing for Manchester UnitedLaurence Griffiths/Getty Images

In a game that featured a number of young superstars like El Tri's Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and Brazil's Neymar, it was veteran superstar Ronaldinho who stole the show.

Many were surprised by the inclusion of the 31-year-old Ronaldinho, but his performance showed he certainly isn't done working magic for his country.

The Brazilians felt they needed a boost as they saw FIFA dish them their lowest ranking (No. 7) since they were No. 8 in 1993.

They found that boost in Ronaldinho, and he certainly earned himself some extra run the next time they take the pitch.

The two-time FIFA player of the year is currently starring for Brazilian club Flamengo. He spent the last decade in Europe with Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Milan.

For much of the game, we saw Ronaldinho on the ball through the midfield and near the top of the box. Every corner and free kick was his to take, and he nearly bent one in from several yards outside the box late in the first half.

Desperate for an equalizer with only 11 minutes to go in the game, Ronaldinho answered the call.

Only four minutes later, Marcelo made a dashing run into the box. He was on the receiving run of a give-and-go and netted the go-ahead goal for the Brazilians.

Down a man for an entire half, the Brazilians showed why they are still one of the most feared teams in the world.

But even more than that, Ronaldinho showed he's not done with the international scene just yet.

As Brazil continues their preparation for the 2014 World Cup, don't be surprised if Ronaldinho becomes a big part of the plans.

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