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first_imgCheck out the video below: Former Barcelona star, Ronaldinho, has had a tough time lately, spending a month in a Paraguayan jail for entering the country with a fake passport.His career also fizzled out long before it was expected to and he was nowhere near the dazzling player he had once been.However, at his peak, Ronaldinho was unstoppable.He had a storied career that spanned just over two decades, playing for some of Europe’s biggest sides including Barcelona and AC Milan.He enjoyed the most successful period of his career at the Catalan club, where he scored 94 goals and assisted 71 more.He was also named the World Footballer of the Year in 2004 and 2005, winning the Ballon d’Or in 2005.Ronaldinho’s love for the game was apparent every time he took to the field, with his famous smile remaining in place as he danced past markers, rolled away from tackles and made almost impossible passes.Before Neymar and Messi, Ronaldinho was the ultimate entertainer and remains untouched by either of them in terms of pure genius.A two-minute video, posted by Twitter User, AllThingsSeleção captured some of Ronaldinho’s best moments of the field and perfectly encapsulated why the Brazilian was loved by all in his heyday.On Twitter, some people admitted that watching Ronaldinho was what got them to love football while others were just in awe of his brilliance. More from Citi Sportslast_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error HOUSTON >> It wasn’t the dream week the Clippers briefly imagined for themselves in Houston.But it will do.The question now is, will Chris Paul ever be healthy enough to play in the Western Conference semifinals?If he is, an open lane as wide as any you’ll see around 3 a.m. on the 405 freeway is open for the Clippers to cruise to the conference semifinals. “It’s one of those injuries, I don’t know what exactly I want to see (from Paul),” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of what he will focus on the next two days.Rivers said Paul will work out on the court on Thursday, so there is that,“We’ll just have to see,” Rivers said.Meanwhile, the Clippers have to be kicking themselves right now.They almost pulled off something spectacular.After stunning the Rockets in Game 1 with the injured Paul watching from the bench, then controlling most of Game 2, it was impossible not to start thinking about returning home in complete control.But that thump they felt was the wall they ran into in the second half, when they scored just 44 points after scoring 41 in the second quarter alone.And the ringing in their ears was Toyota Center exploding around them as the Rockets finally awoke from the nap they’ve been taking and finally showed some life.James Harden sluggishly wiped the sleep from his eyes, then he jarred the rest of the Rockets awake, and to work they went.The 3-pointers started falling for the Rockets, the Clippers went cold and all of a sudden, their commanding lead vanished into the West Texas night.“We got out of rhythm offensively,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “It was the first game we didn’t trust each other.”And poof, there went a chance to take up residence in the Rockets’ head by storming into their house and stealing the first two games.“It definitely feels like we let one get away,” said Blake Griffin. “We came here to win two.”Instead, they return to Los Angeles hoping the Rockets’ fourth quarter was just the last gasp of a dying team, and that Paul’s left hamstring will heal in time to play in Games 3 and 4.No, it wasn’t the dream start to this series the Clippers spent most Wednesday night flirting with.But all things considered, not a bad way to spend four days in Texas.Not bad at all.“We’re going to be confident for Game 3,” Rivers assured. “That’s who we are, That’s what we believe.”Truth is, no matter what happened in Game 2, the Clippers already got what they came for. That isn’t cliche talk, either, lest you thought they’d roll into Houston on one day’s rest without Paul and immediately take control by winning Game 1.Who saw that coming?But once they did, it was mission complete.They didn’t just take over homecourt advantage, they got an up-close look at a pretender championship contender and realized what a fraud the Rockets are.They’re like a really scary looking AAU team, loaded with a bunch of talented individuals but extremely rough around the edges who, when you put them in a real game against a talented opponent with plenty of time to hone in on them and exploit their weaknesses, get exposed.The Clippers will never say that publicly, but it doesn’t take a John Wooden-like basketball intellect for the rest of us to understand at this point in the NBA season, the Rockets are a B-level talent sitting in the same audition waiting room with Robert DeNiro, Denzel Washington and Al Pacino.Thanks for stopping by, the producer says, holding back laughter.We’ll be back in touch, like … never. The Rockets won despite making just 42 of 64 free throws.It takes a special kind of shoddy shooting to miss 22 free throws in a game, but the Rockets did.They hit just 5 of 26 3-pointers, turned the ball over 14 times 48 hours after flipping the Clippers 34 points off 24 turnovers.You don’t normally overcome holes in your game that big.But the combination of being home and no Paul to contend with cracked open the door just enough for the Rockets to sneak back into this series.The Clippers didn’t help, falling asleep at the wheel in the fourth quarter and letting the Rockets back in.“We didn’t execute in the second half,” Griffin said. “I thought we were great in the second quarter. But …”With or without Paul, they’ll need more support for Griffin, who was outstanding again with 34 points and 15 rebounds.DeAndre Jordan added 16 points and 12 rebounds, which is fine under normal circumstances.But J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford both struggled mightily from the field in a game the Clippers desperately needed one or the other to have a good night, Had they, the Clippers might have just completed a dream week in Texas.As it is, they return home a little less satisfied but certainly sitting pretty,Now if they can just get Chris Paul back.center_img If not, they better hope the reawakening the Houston Rockets experienced in the fourth quarter of their 115-109 Game 2 victory Wednesday isn’t a forbidding sign of things to come.• Photos: Clippers unable to hold-on to second-half lead• Related: Without Paul, Clippers lose Game 2 115-109About the only thing the Clippers should really fear is the combination of Paul being out an extended period of time and the Rockets suddenly transforming from the bunch of knuckleheads that couldn’t hit a free throw or take care of the ball into a real-life contender.Based on how the Rockets played most of the first two games looking like the Keystone Cops, the former seems much more of a concern than the latter.last_img read more

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