Last night at the San Siro, fans were reminded why Milan wanted Ronaldinho so intently, and vice versa, this past summer.
It was not one of his signature bicycle kicks, deft flicks, or free kicks that have enchanted the public in the past. It was the ultimate team move, which was started by him at midfield with a perfect pass on the right wing to Kaka'. Who then softly floated the ball back to leaping Ronaldinho in front of the goal on the left side. A Brasilian triangle of over 40 meters conceived in a manner of intelligence, intuitiveness, moving without the ball, and knowing precisely what each other does and where they will go in an instant.
The finish was a precise header past a helpless, and perhaps admiring, Julio Cesar into the right corner as his friend and teammate on the Brasilian selection watched the artistry fly past him.
The joy of Ronaldinho after the goal, as can be seen in the video above, was pure and genuine. Much frustration since last year was released in a moment of magic.
"Il Milan aveva bisogno di allegria e sono qui per questo. Sono contentissimo, speravo nel gol, lo avevo promesso ai tifosi ed è arrivato in una partita così importante. Sono felice di giocare qui, mi sento a casa mia. Ogni giorno di più sto bene al Milan"
Source: La Gazzetta dello Sport, 29 September 2008.
"Milan needed joy and I am here for this reason. I am very happy, I had hoped for the goal, I had promised it to the fans and it arrived in a very important game. I am happy to play here, I feel at home. Each day I am better in Milan."Welcome to Serie A, Ronie. :-)