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Ronaldinho dazzles as Barca and Madrid legends clash

Ronaldinho was the cynosure of all eyes as he delivered a jaw-dropping display in the legends clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

The two-time Fifa World Player of the Year featured alongside a host of fellow all-time greats in the entertaining fixture yesterday in Tel Aviv, Israel, in a game Madrid won 3-2.

Goals from Pedro Munitis, Alfonso Perez and Ruben de la Red settled the latest El Clasico meeting with a twist, while Ronaldinho and Jofre Mateu hit the consolations.

Flourishing with the likes of Deco and Rivaldo around him, it didn’t take long for Ronaldinho to step into the spotlight and remind spectators of his magical ability.

With just over six minutes played, the wily playmaker latched onto a loose ball, glanced up, and then attempted to chip Jordi Codina from around the centre circle.

A red-faced Codina was left scurrying back towards his line, but could only watch on as Ronaldinho’s audacious dink flew above his head and kissed the roof of the net.

The attempt set the tone for Ronaldinho’s formidable showing, and he also got the crowd on their feet when neatly teeing up Rivaldo for a host of missed chances.

Ronaldinho and fellow Brazilian Rivaldo

He would eventually seal a spot on the score sheet, however, after stepping up from 12 yards to blast his spot-kick beyond Codina’s outstretched hand.

Throwing back the years in brilliant fashion, Ronaldinho even celebrated in his trademark style, sticking out a thumb and a little finger with a clenched fist.

Madrid mounted a fine comeback, though, with Munitis firing home on the rebound after Jose Amavisca’s effort was distance was kept out.

Munitis then turned to provider to tee up Perez for the second, before Mateu danced his way towards goal to tuck home and level for Barcelona.

But Los Blancos would not be denied the bragging rights, and de la Red carved out space to shoot before finding the back of the net.

Despite the defeat, Ronaldinho would have left the ground feeling ecstatic after being treated to a rousing reception every time he touched the ball.

He had left a number of defenders in the dust, just like in the heyday of his illustrious career, and wasn’t afraid to pull out a number of tricks to weave his way up the pitch.

Ronaldinho also clattered an effort off the crossbar, and notably every team-mate had flocked over to congratulate him after his goal from the penalty spot.

Luckily, his time in competitive exhibitions may not be over yet, with this game set to be the first of several involving Barcelona legends around the world.

According to a statement, the matches are “designed to help promote the Barca name and values around the world through its former players.”

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