- One of Ronaldinho’s most popular goals as a player is the chip against England from a free kick in 2002
- The Brazilian somehow scored from 40 yards when everyone thought he would cross the ball from an acute position
- It was a heartbreaking goal for England as it knocked them out of the World Cup
Ronaldinho has opened up about the infamous goal that saw his Brazil side knock out England in the 2002 World Cup.
Arguably one of his most famous goals, the Brazilian attacker chipped England goalie David Seaman from a free kick, when it looked like he would cross into the box.
At the time, England boasted a fabulous attack comprising the likes of Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand, David Beckham and Michael Owen.
Even then, it was difficult to predict how the quarter-final clash in the 2002 World Cup would go as England were coming up against an equally formidable Brazil outfit.
Ronaldinho, then 22, was a rising star, and was plighting his club trade with French club Paris Saint Germain.
Ahead of the quarter-final, England were slight underdogs but went ahead when Michael Owen have them the lead after a mistake from Lucio.
It was nothing more than England deserved, as Sven-Goran Eriksson's side were coming off a gruelling group stage where they played Argentina.
But Rivaldo managed to equalize for the Brazilians before halftime to leave the match finely poised once again.
As the game was meandering towards a possible extra time, Ronaldinho came up with one of the most bizarre World Cup goals, as he curled a free-kick from 40 yards into the net.
Speaking on his goal, Ronaldinho admitted that while he was going for goal, he did not expect the ball to take the trajectory that it did.
"When I hit the ball I wanted to shoot for goal - but maybe not exactly where the ball ended up," he told FIFA.
"If I'm being totally honest, I was aiming for the other side of the net."
Goal fest as Gaucho returns to the field
Recently, Ronaldinho made headlines after participating in an all-star game that had 22 goals.
He was coming up against a team of stars, both past and present, led by legendary left-back Roberto Carlos.
Team Ronaldinho featured the likes of Rene Higuita and Patrick Kluivert, Paul Pogba, Paulo Dybala and Vinicius Jr in the starting XI, while Team Roberto Carlos had Cafu, Rivaldo, Carlos Valderrama, Radamel Falcao and Alphonso Davies among others.
Source: Sports Brief News