24
May

Ronaldinho to rent out his Rio mansion during the World Cup

By Leander Schaerlaeckens

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Photograph: Getty Images

Every host nation inflates its prices for accommodations at the World Cup. Hotel prices become multiples of what they once were and everybody’s shed is suddenly a hostel. But nobody has ever attempted such brazen price-gauging ploy as Ronaldinho.

The old trickster has been the FIFA World Player of the Year once, led Brazil to its fifth World Cup title in 2002, starred for Barcelona and AC Milan and appeared in countless commercials. But that all pales to his latest quest. What he is trying to do now has truly never been tried or done before.

Ronaldinho is trying to find someone to pay over $15000 a night to rent his mansion in Rio de Janeiro from him during the World Cup. He put the listing on AirBnB and linked to it on his Facebook page.

Take a look, and look out for all the Ronaldinho-themed artwork in Ronaldinho’s house. We counted four pieces in all.

18
Dec

Raja Casablanca players ransack a willing Ronaldinho for memorabilia

Say what you will about Ronaldinho, but he’s far from washed up.

The former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain standout turned back the clock on Wednesday, scoring a ridiculous take free-kick golazo during Atletico Mineiro’s Club World Cup semifinal match against Raja Casablanca.

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Unfortunately for Atletico Mineiro, Raja Casablanca would go on to defeat Ronaldinho’s squad 3-1 in high-end offensive thriller at Stade de Marrakech in Morocco. As you can imagine, the jam-packed stadium celebrated with joy after their home side’s stunning victory over the defending Copa Libertadores champions.

Even Raja Casablanca players seized the opportunity to grab a piece of history and snatched off equipment from the two-time FIFA World Player of the Year. Not settling for just his jersey, Casablanca players asked for (and received) the Brazilian legend’s boots!

Raja players looked like kids swarming when a piñata finally bursts open. Take a look:

And kudos go to Ronaldinho, who was under no obligation to be such a good sport. We doubt there are many players who would be so gracious in the wake of a tough loss. “Tis the season of giving after all.

10
Sep

Flipbook of Lionel Messi is mesmerizing

Youtube is more than just cat videos and dash-cam craziness. Every now and then a gem of ingenuity will be unearthed. Case in point: The above video of a flipbook highlighting Lionel Messi’s skills.

Watching it by itself would be entertaining enough, but the creator didn’t stop there. The effervescent Ray Hudson’s commentary (among others) is laid into the video.

"BRILLIANT!"

If you liked that, you’ll enjoy the uploader’s other flipbook videos of footwork artisans Ronaldinho and Cristiano Ronaldo.

(h/t 101 Great Goals)

5
Sep

Ronaldinho scores two free kick golazos in same match

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Must be the new teeth!

Ronaldinho continues to dazzle in Brazil for Atletico Mineiro, scoring not one, but two free kicks to earn the home side a point against Fluminese. The first of his golazos came in first-half injury time with Mineiro down 1-0.

Fluminese took the lead again later in the match, making Ronaldinho have to produce another picture-perfect free kick late in the match to save his team a point. What a chore!

Mineiro are just a couple months removed from winning the Copa Libertadores for the first time, but have struggled so far in the new season. If it wasn’t for Ronaldinho, who now has five goals in eight games, they would be even lower than their current 13th-place position. In fact, Dinho’s goals have ended up yielding five points for the team. Without them, Mineiro would be in 18th place!

15
Aug

Ronaldinho fixes his teeth, celebrates with a backheel

Brazilian legend Ronaldinho Gaucho has made a career off his dribbling tricks and ridiculous free kicks, but he also became known for something out of his control: his misaligned teeth. From cartoon characters to advertisements, each depiction of Ronaldinho seemed to focus on the physical trait, to the extent that even Dinho’s own comic book emphasizes his teeth.

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While Dinho’s smile was always perfect in our book, he recently underwent cosmetic surgery to repair his teeth, and the results are, well, astounding:

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Image: Getty/Globo

We would have supported Ronaldinho either way, but it seems that the fresh veneers gave Dinho a bit of a confidence boost, as he pulled off this fancy backheel pass just a few days after the surgery. 

(Via: DirtyTackle)

8
Aug

Take your pick: Ronaldinho or Cristiano Ronaldo?

There are few players in the world who can bend the ball perfectly over a wall, past the goalkeeper and into the net on a regular basis. Sure, sometimes you get lucky and hit your free kick just right, but to do it consistently takes a tremendous amount of practice and skill.

Ronaldinho and Cristiano Ronaldo are two of those players that have absolutely mastered the art of the free kick. And on Wednesday night, the legends played a game of soccer HORSE across two continents.

First up was Ronaldinho, who scored this stunner for Atletico Mineiro in Brazil against Botafogo:

But Cristiano Ronaldo countered with this beauty during the International Champions Cup final win versus Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea:

Alright, Ronnie, you’re up next. Let’s see what you’ve got.

24
Jul

Mineiro win first Copa Libertadores title, Olimpia players too upset to talk

Atletico Mineiro overcame a 2-0 deficit from the first leg to beat Olimpia on penalties for their first ever Copa Libertadores title.

A goal by Leo Silva in the 87th minute leveled the aggregate score at 2-2 after Jô’s opener early in the second half kept Atletico in the tie. After extra time didn’t produce a winner, Mineiro converted all four of their penalties before Olimpia’s second miss sealed the outcome.

Highlights are below:  

With the win, Mineiro’s Ronaldinho became just the fourth player all-time to win a World Cup as well as both the Champions League and the Copa Libertadores. He also became just the seventh to win the UCL and the Copa Lib. The last to do it was Walter Samuel (UCL with Inter in 2009, CL with Boca Juniors in 2000).

While Dinho and co. celebrated on the pitch, the loss had Olimpia’s players too chocked up to put into words:

23
Jul

Copa Libertadores Final: Atletico Mineiro searches for miracle vs. Olimpia

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By Kyle McCarthy, FOXSoccer.com

Atlético Mineiro assembled its array of stars for exactly this moment: the chance to claim its first Copa Libertadores title at the Mineirao on Wednesday night.

Every single one of those luminaries must produce in order to turn that dream into a reality after a 2-0 first leg defeat to Olimpia a week ago. Atlético flailed around for much of the night in Paraguay and watched as the home side snatched a potentially decisive late goal through Wilson Pittoni to cobble together a decent advantage ahead of the return leg.

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17
Jul

Copa Libertadores Preview: Ronaldinho seeks elusive club title

By Kyle McCarthy, FOXSoccer.com

Ronaldinho returned to Brazil with one rather glaring omission from his staggering list of honors. And now the Copa Libertadores is within his grasp.

The veteran schemer will lead Atlético Mineiro into uncharted territory in Asuncion on Wednesday night. Both he and his club hope to emerge triumphant in this competition for the first time at the end of this two-legged tie. It will not prove an easy brief to fulfill with three-time champions Olimpia standing in the way of Libertadores glory.

“We have no greater wish than to bring the title to Atlético,” Ronaldinho Tweeted on Monday.

Atlético enters the final as slight favorites after engineering a great escape in the second leg against Newell’s Old Boys in the semifinals a week ago. Guilherme struck in the sixth minute of stoppage time to draw level on points in the series. Ronaldinho then converted the winning penalty to ensure Galo booked its place in the final.

The ample talent with Atlético’s ranks – including Brazilian internationals Bernard (expected to depart for a major European club after this tie concludes), Jô and Réver – warrants significant attention, but the Paraguayan outfit possesses the resolve to create significant problems for its lauded competition. Olimpia proved its mettle by securing its place in the final with a 1-0 defeat against Independiente Santa Fe in Colombia last Wednesday and underscored its ability to claim the title by holding out under significant duress in the waning stages of that affair.

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Ronaldinho seeks his first Copa Libertadores title (Photo: Victor R Caivano/AP Images).

Ever Almeida’s side must produce similar heroics over these two legs to set the stage for another Libertadores triumph in these trying circumstances. The contrast in styles – Atlético with its array of attacking weapons, Olimpia with its reliance on organization and shape – presents the possibility for an intriguing final if the two sides play to their strengths over the two legs.

Those technical concerns, however, fall well down the pecking order of priorities for the former Barcelona star. His focus – as always – remains on the overriding objective and the prospect of adding this elusive title to his protracted level of success.

26
Jun

Ronaldinho launches condom line

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While most soccer stars are content getting their own line of cleats or creating goal celebration trademarks, Ronaldinho has gone a slightly different direction: He launched his very own line of condoms! The Brazil legend, who two years ago joined forces with the United Nations to educate the public about AIDS, went on his Facebook page to announce it:

"Guys, a condom with my signature on has hit the market, Atletico MG ‘Sex Free’. In partnership with sport against AIDS!"

The condoms, oddly named “Sex Free,” are Atletico Mineiro-themed, Ronnie’s current club. The box also carries the slogan “Eu sou Galo, meaning “I am Galo,” — a nickname for Mineiro’s supporters.”Galo” of course also translates to “rooster,” or “cock” if you will. Hey, Ronaldinho said it, not us.

As much as we love ‘Dinho though, his face is the last image we want to see before engaging in adult ‘wrestling” with our significant other.

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And for the record, Ronnie is not the first soccer star who ventured into the condom market. You’ll be shocked to find out who it was:

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Yep. Figures.

(Images via WAATP)