The European season came to an end in Italy, Spain and France with the favourites in La Liga, Barcelona and the favourites in the Serie A Inter Milan winning their respective titles amidst stiff challenges from Real Madrid and AS Roma.
Messi once again proved that scoring is his second nature as he grabbed a brace in the Blaugrana’s 4-0 thrashing of Real Valladolid at the Nou Camp to take his goal tally to 34. In Italy, a single goal from Diego Milito was enough to hand the Nerazzurri a 5th succesive scudetto.
However, that is not what i want to write about. On Saturday, AC Milan hosted Juventus at the San Siro and it was a case of de javu for their Brazilian play maker Ronaldinho. Dinho netted a brace for the second time against the same club to end his season with 12 goals and 14 assists, tying with fellow compatriot Pato as the club’s second top scorer.
After missing out on the Brazilian national team selection on Tuesday last week, Ronaldinho had only one intention on his mind going into this match, and that was proving how wrong Dunga was in excluding him from the Selecao squad. If there is one man who is hated by a large percentage of football fans right now, it has to be Carlos Dunga.
Dunga is his own worst enemy. Ronaldinho has proved himself beyond reasonable doubt that he can still score and create goals and a player of his calibre is what the Selecao are lacking. Looking at the Brazilian national squad to South Africa, Dunga’s proposed pointman Kaka has not had his best season and heavily relying on him to guide Brazil out of their ‘group of death’ might not prove to be the best strategy.
Now, let me make myself clear, Kaka is a magnificent player however, i think that Dunga made a really big mistake in announcing it from the roof tops that he will be Brazil’s key player. Now all their opponents know who the threat is and they are well prepared to deal with him.
So Supposing Kaka has a bad world cup in South Africa who will be blamed? Exactly, that is my point. Ronaldinho was not a flop in the 2006 world cup. No, according to me everyone failed. Their Over confidence was their major undoing.
So if Dinho’s 2 goals against Juventus on Saturday were not enough to change Dunga’s mind then we will just have to wait and see how far Brazil go in South Africa.
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