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Ronaldinho in tears as hat-trick inspires Atletico Mineiro win

Ronaldinho was in fine form for Atletico Mineiro. (©GettyImages)
Ronaldinho was in fine form for Atletico Mineiro. (©GettyImages).

Brazil legend Ronaldinho broke down in tears after scoring for Atletico Mineiro on Saturday night - then went on to bag a hat-trick in an emphatic 6-0 win over Figueirense.

The 32-year-old former Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and AC Milan star moved back to his homeland in 2011, signing for Flamengo before leaving after just one season following a pay dispute. He signed for Mineiro in June this year.

And, whilst Ronaldinho hasn't been prolific in the Brazilian league this season, he certainly showed that he's lost none of his old talents, bending in the opener on 12 minutes with a 25-yard effort.

The 94-cap international then dropped to one knee and pointed to the sky, offering a fine tribute to his late step-father, who had died of a heart attack the day before.

Ronaldinho then produced a perfect cross for Rever to head home before adding his side's third with a low free-kick that fooled the keeper.

A penalty completed his hat-trick, before a sensational run and no-look pass to Bernard helped make it 5-0 to the Roosters.

Carlos Cesar completed the scoring, but it's the magic of Ronaldinho which gives Mineiro a shot at winning the title. They are currently six points behind Fluminese.

Don't miss the video of his fine individual effort here:

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