Ronaldinho and Usain Bolt Link Up in CONMEBOL Legends Match in USA

Ronaldinho and Usain Bolt Link Up in CONMEBOL Legends Match in USA

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at December 7, 2023 at 9:00 AM
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  • Usain Bolt and Ronaldinho met during a CONMEBOL Legends match in the USA
  • The two sporting legends shared a hug and a chat after the match
  • The match took place a day before the 2024 Copa America draw

Sports icons Ronaldinho and Usain Bolt recently met during a Legends football match in the USA ahead of the 2024 Copa America draw.

After the game, the two warmly embraced and had a brief chat as well as sharing a laugh.

Usain Bolt, Ronaldinho, CONMEBOL, Copa America, Brazil, Barcelona, Olympics
Usain Bolt and Ronaldinho both left a mark in their respective sports. Photos by Usain Bolt.
Source: Instagram

Usain Bolt's team, which had the likes of Sergio Aguero and Colombian legend Carlos Valderrama, beat Ronaldinho's team 2-1, with the Barcelona legend scoring his team's only goal, per BNN.

Meanwhile, Bolt's team goals were both scored by former Real Madrid and Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain. Bolt played the game as a guest.

The match also brought together some great names in football. Iván Zamorano and Javier Zanetti also played the exhibition game.

After the game, Ronaldinho and the world's fastest man met and had a brief chit-chat before sharing a hug. Bolt posted the video and photos on his Instagram.

Bolt and Ronaldinho's legendary status

These two icons are considered among the best in their respective sports.

Bolt, of course, is the fastest man on the planet, and even his jersey number was the world record (9.58) he set in the men's 100m in 2009.

The Jamaican sprinter is one of the most decorated track and field athletes. He retired in 2017, and no track and field athlete has come close to breaking his world records in the men's 100m and 200m.

The Jamaican became the first athlete to win the 100m and 200m for the third consecutive time in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Meanwhile, Ronaldinho is a World Cup winner and Ballon d'Or winner. The Brazilian captured the hearts of football fans with his flamboyant style.

The Brazilian played for the likes of Gremio, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, AC Milan, Flamengo, Atletico Mineiro, Queretaro and Fluminense.

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Ronaldinho settles GOAT debate

Sports Brief reported that Ronaldinho named players better than Messi after his former Barcelona teammate led Argentina to win the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

He named Pele, Diego Maradona and Ronaldo Nazario as three players better than the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner but expressed joy at his recent feat.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.