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Brazil star Ronaldinho vows to 'ruin' England's 150th anniversary celebrations

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Ronaldinho has stated that Brazil will "ruin" England’s 150-year anniversary party at Wembley on Wednesday night.

The Seleção face the Three Lions as part of the FA’s anniversary, with a return fixture at the Maracana scheduled for June 2.

Ronaldinho, now playing for Atlético Mineiro, has stated that despite the game being a friendly fixture, he means business.

The 32-year-old said: "It is a special game for England with the FA ­celebrating 150 years.

"I’m sure they will be ­looking for a good result to celebrate the occasion, but we are going to ruin the party. For me, this game does not have the word friendly in it."

Although Ronaldinho has been recalled to the Brazil squad after a year-long absence, the former Barcelona star still hopes to claim a place at next year’s World Cup in his native country.

He added: "I have been given a chance to prove what I can still do for Brazil and to have a real chance to be part of the 2014 World Cup.

"To play in a World Cup is always special, but to play in one in your own country is not an opportunity many players get.

"Scolari has made it clear that anything but winning the World Cup in Brazil is not acceptable.

"From now there are no friendly games."

Ronaldinho is still ­remembered for his 2002 World Cup quarter-final winning goal against England, which was a spectacular 40-yard free-kick that baffled goalkeeper David Seaman.

"When we play England, I get asked if I meant that goal in 2002," Ronaldinho concluded.

"I knew David Seaman came off his line quite a lot, and I knew if I put the ball where I did that it could cause him problems. So I meant it. It was not luck."

Source: The Daily Mirror


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