Ronaldo brings down the house
He may not be at the peak of fitness, but on Sunday Ronaldo proved he was still a class above everyone else as he came off the bench to score a dramatic equalizer for Corinthians against archenemies Palmeiras.
With Vanderlei Luxemburgo’s team in front thanks to Diego Souza, time was running out for Corinthians when the portly front man was thrown into the fray at the estádio Prudentão.
Ronaldo was soon involved in the action by hitting a vicious shot that bounced off the top of the cross bar. The former Brazil man then made Marcelo Ramos look like a complete beginner when Ronaldo left the centreback for dead on the edge of the Palmeiras area.
But these touches and Ronaldo’s injury time goal have got the football world wondering whether the player can make it back to the big time once again.
The equalizer itself was a gift. The experienced Marcão failed to get tight on the striker and Ronaldo was left to head in Douglas’ cross.
In a feat of athleticism many believed was beyond the 32-year-old, Ronaldo hurdled the advertising boards and sped towards the massed Corinthians fans behind the goal.
It might be a bit unfair to say that Ronaldo’s weight was instrumental in bringing down the fence surrounding the pitch but that’s what happened and the police were soon on the scene to prevent delirious supporters spilling onto the field.
This was only Ronaldo’s second game for Corinthians. He made his debut midweek in the Copa do Brasil game vs Itumbiara but looked well off the pace. This performance on Sunday against Palmeiras was more like the old forward. Of course it’s still early days, but if he can get back to something near match fitness, then Ronaldo might just surprise a few people this year.
See the game highlights here
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