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Rivaldo: What Ronaldinho Told Me After Wonder Goal

Ronaldinho scored one of the most memorable goals in FIFA World Cup history against England in 2002, and his former Brazil colleague Rivaldo has revealed what the ex-FC Barcelona superstar told him after the wonder strike.

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The then-Paris Saint-Germain star struck an incredible free-kick goal from 42 yards out in the quarter-final of the 2002 World Cup, catching goalkeeper David Seaman completely off guard.

Ronaldinho's goal was so remarkable it had fans doubting if he had actually meant it, but Rivaldo has now revealed that his ex-teammate knew exactly what he was doing when he attempted the audacious effort.

"I remember well that match against England at World Cup 2002, in which we won 2-1," he said, according to the Daily Star.

"Ronaldinho gave a brilliant performance that day, setting up an excellent play and assisting me for our first goal. My goal was important for us, as we managed to equalise right before half-time.

"Then at the second half, he scored that famous goal from way outside the box that surprised David Seaman and all the world, me included.

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"I never thought he could try such strike, but it worked perfectly. After the match, he told me that he knew that Seaman had that tendency to take one or two steps forward at free kicks and so he tried to surprise him.

"That match was particularly remarkable because Ronaldinho was sent off with half an hour to play and we had to fight hard to contain English pressure until the end.

"To score a goal from such a tough position, and with your right foot, is amazing because it would be more plausible for a lefty to do it.

"For Ronaldinho, though, there were no impossible tasks and it was a joy to watch him play and to share the pitch with him many times."

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Brazil went all the way to the final in 2002, beating Germany 2-0 in the decider courtesy of two goals from Ronaldo Nazario.

What are your favourite memories from the 2002 World Cup? Let us know in the comments section below.


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