Former Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho Gaúcho delighted the Ecuadorian public this Saturday by dressing in shorts to play an exhibition match wi
Former Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho Gaúcho delighted the Ecuadorian public this Saturday by dressing in shorts to play an exhibition match with other former players at the Jocay stadium in Manta.
The former figure of Paris Saint-Germain, FC Barcelona, AC Milan and Flamengo, among other clubs, was the great attraction of the match of legends that sponsored the celebration in Manta of the Sur Cup Internacional, a children’s soccer tournament with teams from Ecuador and from Panama.
Dinho’s presentation was rounded off with an entry celebrated by his teammates, such as Patricio Urrutia, an Ecuadorian selected in the 2006 World Cup in Germany and winner of the 2008 Libertadores Cup, 2009 South American Cup and the 2009 and 2010 Cup Winners’ Cup with Liga de Quito.
Some 1,500 children from the different local schools that will participate in the International Sur Cup, whose venue is the port city where the Dolphin plays their matches, were among the attendees who verified the magic that Ronaldinho still retains.
This is the third time that the 2005 Ballon d’Or winner has visited Ecuador after retiring from professional football.
Ronaldinho (c) celebrates his goal in Manta with former soccer players, including Patricio Urrutia (d) and Luis Miguel Escalada (i). Photo: Ariel Ochoa
In 2016 he was invited by Barcelona Sporting Club at the Yellow Night, where he starred in a great show.
Ronaldinho, on the Jocay pitch. Photo: Ariel Ochoa
In August of this year he also visited Quito, which enjoyed his presence and where the children received him and shared some of his plays, following the invitation of the Ecuadorian LigaPro, which is organizing the local tournament for the fourth consecutive season. (D)