Ronaldo back to spectacular best as Corinthians take commanding lead in Paulista finals

April 26, 2009 at 20:13 4 comments

Ronaldo brace sinks Santos

Ronaldo brace sinks Santos


Two fabulous strikes from Ronaldo and a free kick from Chicão have put Corinthians firmly in the driving seat in the finals of the Campeonato Paulista.

Santos had the bulk of the opportunities in front of around 17,000 of their own fans but failed to capitalize and paid the price against a side which has specialized in hitting teams on the break.

Ronaldo’s goals may have come against the run of play but there was nothing wrong with the execution and already the calls for his return to Brazil’s national side are getting louder.

Triguinho’s goal in the Vila Belmiro has given Santos something to play for in the estádio Pacaembu next Sunday, but Vagner Mancini’s men will have to win by three clear goals to take the title.

Corinthians, though, have a formidable record at home and have not lost in the Pacaembu since they were beaten 1-0 by Bahia in the second division of the Brasileiro in July 2008.  

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. pete  |  April 27, 2009 at 00:28

    I love it. I’ve been watching Ronaldo since he came back from injury. Sounds like the voices calling him fat are silent. The man is not from this planet when it comes to scoring and in what style. Long live Ronaldo!!!

  • 2. leemans  |  April 28, 2009 at 05:00

    The plight of Brazilian & other African countries football teams or players are exposure to the world.European teams have the money so they can telecast matches all over the world.But Ronaldo have made this possible.Wherever he step his feet,the press will tail him.He is a blessing to Brazil & to all the poor countries.Before his debut,nobody knows about Corinthians,but now all eyes are on them.By his popularity he is able to change the worlds perception on football.Brazilian footballers are still the best.European football propaganda (sponsorship & telecasts) have made them survive, not through their play or skills.

  • 3. Football  |  April 28, 2009 at 09:04

    I am a fan of Ronaldo, His leg is having a attractive force to the ball.

  • 4. brayo  |  May 15, 2009 at 03:11

    I pray God will keep his knees strong for the 4 yrs so that we may enjoy the blssng of the great soccer skills God has given him.. A phenomenon he is!!


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