The talent, the gossip, the inside track
Celso de Campos Jr
We could start by talking about Cruzeiro's 5-0 humiliation of Atlético in the Minas Gerais State Championship final first leg last weekend.
Or discuss the electrifying 2-2 draw between Botafogo and Flamengo in a hot and jam-packed Maracanã.
But it's virtually impossible to ignore, once again, Ronaldo.
Ladies and gentlemen, don your gala suits before watching the buck-toothed virtuoso's latest moment of magic.
It was Ronnie’s second in a 3-1 Corinthians victory against Santos in the first leg of the São Paulo State Championship, all-but securing the Parque São Jorge squad the crown. Santos will only seize it off them if they win 3-0 in the second leg – which won’t happen, at least not in this geologic time.
“It’s good to have a king’s day in the king’s house,” said Ronaldo after being informed that Pelé was watching the game in Vila Belmiro, and left early after Fatso had finished Santos off with his second blow.
Isn’t it fantastic?
A little more than a year ago, the newspapers printed the image of a fallen Ronaldo crying in the San Siro pitch suffering from another painful potential career-ending injury. And many, many journalists were quickly fighting for the dubious privilege of forecasting the end of the player’s glorious career.
The Noise from Brazil wisely advised people not to bet against him back in February 2008. And now we’ll attempt to make you rich once and for all.
Put all your money on Ronnie starting in Brazil’s World Cup opener in South Africa next year wearing the No.9 shirt.
If he’s alive, fit (anywhere in the vicinity of 100 kilos is fine!) and sane enough to spot the difference between a football and a watermelon, he’ll be there.
After all, there’s only one Ronaldo. Accept no substitutes.
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