Ronaldinho’s legends recreation in Florida ends in pitch invasion chaos


If Lionel Messi is questioning what consideration his imminent arrival at Inter Miami CF in MLS will appeal to from Florida followers, occasions in Orlando on Friday will give him some thought.

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Ronaldinho’s star-studded charity match in Florida ended amid chaotic scenes as a weather-induced early finish to the sport sparked a mass pitch invasion from followers within the crowd.

The 43-year-old Brazil legend welcomed a plethora of footballing faces and celeb all-stars to participate in “The Stunning Sport” on the Exploria Stadium, with Crew Ronaldinho (R10) squaring off towards Crew Roberto Carlos (RC3) on the dwelling of MLS facet Orlando Metropolis.

The 2 captains had been joined by ex-international teammates similar to Cafu and Rivaldo, in addition to different former stars together with Juan Veron, Javier Mascherano and Patrick Kluivert and present professionals similar to Vinicius Junior, Eder Militao, Paulo Dybala and Joao Felix — with a smattering of well-known musicians, influencers and social media personalities thrown in for good measure.

Given the spectacular depth of the rosters, it is maybe superb that there was nonetheless room for a headline act, however prime of the invoice was positively the looks of Ronaldo Nazario — the unique R9 — on the bench for Crew R10.

The inaugural version of “The Stunning Sport” was staged final summer season in Miami when Crew RC3 narrowly edged out Crew R10 in a wildly enthralling 22-goal thriller.

Certainly, it regarded like followers had been set to witness one other absurdly excessive scoreline when Cafu hit the crossbar with simply minutes performed earlier than Jay-Jay Okocha opened the scoring for Crew R10, bamboozling the defence with some trademark footwork earlier than poking a end previous Colombian goalkeeper Rene Higuita.

After an equaliser for Crew RC3 from the evergreen Rivaldo, objectives began to fly in for each side as Kluivert, Vinicius (twice), Cafu and Lucas Moura all discovered the web to ship Crew R10 in on the break with a 4-2 lead. The decide of the bunch might nicely have been Vinicius’ casually impudent lob over the goalkeeper from shut vary.

Actual Madrid star Vinicius then swapped groups at half-time and continued to dazzle the group as he opened up his field of methods.

Nevertheless, the hour mark introduced with it a tropical downpour, and because the heavy rain slowed the momentum, the feverish environment took a flip as a procession of younger followers started to interrupt the sport by operating onto the pitch searching for a selfie with a number of of their footballing idols.

Ronaldinho’s substitution within the 58th minute sparked a recent wave of encroachment from the stands. As dozens of supporters continued to breach the perimeter of the enjoying space and flock across the gamers, the safety workforce determined to postpone the match due to “antagonistic climate circumstances” because the gamers and officers had been hurriedly ushered from the pitch. Roughly quarter-hour later, the sport was deserted totally.

Inter Miami proprietor Jorge Mas spoke earlier this week in regards to the membership’s preparations for Messi’s arrival, which embrace work on growing the capability of their stadium to 22,000 by including roughly 3,000 seats.

Safety for gamers will likely be enhanced each for dwelling and away video games involving Messi, the primary of which is scheduled to be on July 21 in a Leagues Cup match towards Liga MX‘s Cruz Azul.

With Messi no stranger to followers operating onto the sphere brandishing their telephones within the hope of an image with him, safety at whichever matches he performs will likely be stored on their toes.


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