Ronaldinho humiliates England XI with double nutmeg

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When a bunch of celebrities signed up to play in this year's Soccer Aid, they would have been told to watch out for the raft of legendary players they would be coming up against.

Anyone playing for the Rest of the World XI would have been warned to expect wonders from Jermaine Defoe, a man who scored 15 goals in the Premier League last season and who some feel should be in France playing for the real England team.

For the England XI, they would have the small task of keeping former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho quiet. Unsurprisingly, they struggled.


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Yes, the Brazilian legend had his full repertoire of tricks on show in front of a huge crowd at Old Trafford, complete with crazy free-kick attempts, no look passes and, of course, a double nutmeg.

Ben Shepherd, who would later be sent off by referee Jonathan Moss, and former Manchester United and Everton star Phil Neville were both treated to a bit of humiliation within seconds of each other as Ronaldinho proved he has still got it.

Take a look at Ronaldinho in action below

In an act of class, Ronaldinho appeared to apologise to Neville straight after the encounter.

That freekick

In a match that would see England win 3-2, one special moment saw Ronaldinho come up against David Seaman for the first time since that fateful World Cup 2002 tie. The tricky attacker famously looped a ball over the head of Seaman from about 45 yards, helping Brazil to knock out England's 'golden generation' at the quarter-final stage. To this day, people are still split on whether he meant it.

Anyway, Ronaldinho was given the chance to do it again with Seaman egging him on. The 36-year-old obliged but got it horribly wrong, as you can see below.

The game

After a drab first half finished goal-less, the second erupted into life with former TOWIE star Mark Wright scoring an incredible long-range free-kick. Jermaine Defoe and Dimitar Berbatov would score two apiece to see the game finish 3-2. 

You can see the full highlights, complete with tricks, tackles and tears, below! 

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