Ronaldinho's La Liga Highlights Remind You How Face-Meltingly Good He Was
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When he was in his prime, there were few sights as fun to watch as Ronaldinho with a soccer ball at his feet. He combined dazzling skill with unpredictability and pure joy to form something that was basically the platonic ideal of what a footballer could be. He was flawed, sure, but even his flaws were fun.
Ronaldinho is officially retired now, and to commemorate the occasion La Liga posted a video showing some of Ronaldinho's highlights from his time in Spain. Good God, that man could play soccer.
Sonrisa. Magia. Fútbol. Amor. Samba. Histórico. Campeón. Celebración. Título. Alegría. Regates. Golazos. Genio. Superioridad. Espectacular. Camp Nou. FC Barcelona. Diez. Único. Especial. Brillante. Balón de Oro. Leyenda.
— LaLiga (@LaLiga) January 17, 2018
Although he played for eigh different clubs in his career, Ronaldinho will be remembered foremost for his time at Barcelona, where he made 145 appearances and scored 70 goals. The numbers are less importand than how he went about playing, though. Ronaldinho was the personification of what the beautiful game could be, never afraid to try something. That said, the things he tried tended to work.
If I ever discover the Fountain of Youth the first person I'm making drink from it is Ronaldinho.