Ronaldinho continues to enjoy a dream season with Atletico Mineiro, where he has rediscovered his joie de vivre and love of the beautiful game.
The two-time World Player of the Year was on the scoresheet as his Brazilian club side took a big step towards the Copa Libertadores final.
Atletico Mineiro were somewhat of an unknown quantity at the beginning of the season. But inspired by ‘Dinho with a spring in his step, and augmented by players like Jo, Bernard and Diego Tardelli, they have grown into favourites to win the South American champions league.
Last night they beat their local rivals Sao Paulo 2-1 in a Libertadores last-16 tie at the Morumbi, with Ronaldinho scoring the equalising goal, and the first of his team's two precious away goals.
Jadson had given Sao Paulo the lead in a riveting first half, which also saw Sao Paulo centre back Lucio dismissed after picking up his second yellow card for a bad foul on promising youngster Bernard.
‘Dinho headed Atletico back into the game on the stroke of half time, and Tardelli scored the winner in the 60th minute.
The result avenged Atletico Mineiro’s only group stage defeat- a 2-0 loss to Sao Paulo two weeks ago.
Ronaldinho had enraged Sao Paulo after that game, by suggesting he and his team-mates had taken it easy because they had already secured progression to the next round.
And after last night’s win, the former Barcelona and AC Milan star was in confident mood.
"We made the most of our qualities, our shooting, our pedigree,” he said.
“It's always like that, we have a different spirit when we play for something.”