Ronaldinho Video: Watch Brazilian Star Bend It Like Beckham vs. Mexico

Matt FaulconerFeatured ColumnistOctober 12, 2011

Ronaldinho's back.

The Brazilian superstar was once considered the best player in the world. He won the 2004 and 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year award during his time with Spanish club Barcelona.

Since that time, Ronaldinho's career has sputtered. He joined AC Milan in 2008, but flamed out, and was sent back to Brazil just a few years later to join Flamengo.

His terrific play with Flamengo has earned him the to get back in the national team picture. He has registered 13 goals in just 23 appearances for the club, and is easily one of the club's best players.

With his club rejuvenation going well, Ronaldinho decided to lead Brazil to a victory in the team's international friendly against Mexico. 

With just over 10 minutes to play before stoppage time, Brazil was awarded a free kick just outside the 18-yard box , and allowed Ronaldinho to step up and take the kick.

Ronaldinho didn't disappoint. As you can see in the video above, he curved to ball over the wall, and into the top right corner with perfect placement.

At that point in the game, Mexico was leading 1-0, and Brazil was desperate for an equalizer. They finally got it off the foot of Ronaldinho, and Junior Vieira da Silva Marcelo provided the game winner just minutes later. The victory is more impressive when you consider that Brazil was down to ten-men following a Dani Alves in the 45th minute.

It seemed like the good old days for Ronaldinho, who scored his first International goal since 2008.

Keep an eye out for Ronaldinho, who is looking to make a case to be a part of Brazil's squad for the 2014 World Cup.


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