Every so often, a player comes along that changes the face of football. Atletico Mineiro forward Ronaldinho is one such player.

Known throughout the world for his enchanting grin, flowing locks and devilish dribbling skills, the ex-Barcelona playmaker brought flair to the game that had never been seen before.

For eight-years, the 32-year-old forward dominated Europe, winning titles in France with PSG, in Spain with Barcelona and in Italy with AC Milan before seemingly running out of motivation. 

Ronaldinho cut a frustrated figure in his latter days at the San Siro, with the footballing world coming to terms with a harsh realisation - this was the end of one of the game's top talents.

Many had hoped that the football magician would have gone on to play longer in Europe, but after a Champions League winners medal, three league titles and a World Cup to his name, it's not surprising that the Porto Alegre-born forward fancied returning to his roots where it all began.

In 2011 he returned to Brazil, not so much to a heroes welcome as he struggled to dominate the Brazilian league with local outfit Flamengo in his early games. But as the old saying goes, form is temporary, class is permanent.

It wasn't long before home comforts rejuvenated the playmaker as he plundered 15 goals in 33 appearance before transferring to Atletico Mineiro, where he continued his resurrection as he scored a further 9 goals in 31 games, including a scintillating hat-trick against Figueirense.

Not quite in his prime anymore, even in the latter stages of his career, Ronaldinho is surely better than the average footballer - and it would seem that Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari would agree.

Scolari, who lead the ‘Samba Boys’ to the 2002 World Cup title, has recalled Ronaldinho to the Brazil squad for the friendly against England on 6 February. 

Ronaldinho will be looking to repeat his exploits from the last time he faced England, after single-handedly booking Brazil's spot in the 2002 World Cup semi-final, courtesy of that goal against England. Just don't mention it to David Seaman.

Whether Ronaldinho's re-integration into the Brazil squad is temporary or looking ahead to World Cup 2014 in Brazil is unclear. But needless to say, the thought of representing your country in your place of birth is a great motivation, and as such this may not be the last we see of Ronaldinho on the international stage.


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