He is renowned as one of the best tricksters in the world, albeit in a good sense. What he could do with a ball on the field many could only dream of. Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, or Ronaldinho as we all know, was clearly football’s one of the greatest entertainers. So much so that, after Diego Maradona in 1983, he was the only second Barcelona player to get a standing ovation from Real Madrid supporters at Santiago Bernabeu.
He might have called time on an extraordinary career marred with a few lapses earlier this year but his magic continues to charm. And, the current and ex batch of footballers just took to social media to confirm the same. As a new Instagram filter let the users don the famous ‘R10’ head band and balance the ball on their heads, from Lionel Messi to Neymar to Puyol, footballers from across the globe have been posting their versions of the signature top head stall that became synonymous with the Brazilian star. Ronaldinho would often balance the ball for several seconds on his head during practice sessions, much to the delight of shutterbugs and fellow teammates.
While Messi tried out the filter inside a car with the characteristic serious look and shared the outcome with his 102 million followers, Neymar Jr’s video version looked more carefree, probably due to the fact that Paris Saint-Germain had just posted a 2-1 win over Liverpool. The filter was most pronounced on Ronaldinho’s former international teammate Rivaldo’s bald head. Ireland’s Robbie Keane admitted to have enjoyed the filter as he wrote ‘Love this mate!’. The 38-year-old Brazilian promptly wished the former Tottenham Hotspur striker Keane a happy retirement: ‘Football will miss you mate!’.
Former Barcelona and Spain captain Carles Puyol added to the filter with Ronaldinho’s characteristic hand celebration and completely owned the band too with his long hair. Dani Alves’s video attempt was unmistakably humorous and a little crazy.
Ronaldinho, who started his career with Gremio before moving to PSG and later Barcelona after winning the 2002 World Cup where he stunned all with those two magical strikes against England, was happily enjoying the attention till bad time struck again. His luxury cars and some other possessions were seized by the authorities as he failed to pay a fine issued for damage to the environment.