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Neymar v Ronaldinho: Best goals

Neymar & Ronaldinho have been combining beautifully. (©GettyImages)
Neymar & Ronaldinho have been combining beautifully. (©GettyImages).

As Neymar establishes himself as the most exciting Brazilian player of his generation, the 21-year-old still can't quite escape the shadow of the player who had been the leading light of Samba football before him.

Ronaldinho may no longer be in the pomp that saw him named FIFA's World Player of the year in consecutive seasons, yet the 33-year-old continues to prove himself among the very elite of Brazilian football.

The former Barcelona and AC Milan star has shown in the past week that, even if his legs work slower than before, he still possesses the skill and sharp mind that made him the world's best - something Neymar has yet to achieve.

One glorious example of Ronaldinho's rapid thinking and delicate touch was during Atletico Miniero's defeat of Arsenal de Sarandi in the Copa Libertadores last Wednesday, as the irrepressible forward scored a goal of trademark beauty.

Striding into the opposition box with the ball at his feet, Ronaldinho elected to shoot when others would have squared, but did so with a wonderfully unusual chip that appeared to catch everyone by surprise.

Such has his form been since his return to Brazil after a decade wowing crowds in European football, Ronaldinho has established himself on the international scene once more, seeing a reintroduction of the Joga Bonito style of play alongside the country's new young stars.

An axis of Neymar and Ronaldinho is as exciting for the spectators as it is daunting for the opposition, and the two Canarinha stars combined to perfection in the weekend defeat of Bolivia.

It was a breeze for Brazil as they brushed past their lesser opponents, but there was one moment of real quality which was started by Ronaldinho and, almost inevitably, finished by Neymar.

Receiving a pass from Neymar, Ronaldinho skipped over the ball as the former continued his run, and proceeded to lift a delicate pass into the path of his teammate without even peeking to spot the exact movement of the young star.

It was a moment of pure telepathy as Neymar expertly slotted the ball past the goalkeeper, and is surely an understanding that will make Brazil real contenders for the World Cup next year as the partnership continues to flourish.

Neymar's record for his country now stands at 19 strikes in 31 appearances, while Ronaldinho has 33 goals as he approaches his 100th cap, and the two are primed to lead their country to glory on home turf in 2014.

Their wonderful combination against Bolivia has encouraged GMF to trawl the archives and drool over some of their finest goals, some of which are so pant-bulgingly glorious they cross the line into pornography.

You can watch compilations of some of their greatest efforts in the videos below. And, as always, please do comment with your favourite goals from the Brazilian maestros.

 

 

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