Ronaldinho: “It was special to receive a standing ovation at the Azteca”
The Brazilian superstar played briefly with the Mexican team Queretaro and confirmed that the Azteca was a special stadium for him.
Ronaldinho will never forget what happened on April 18, 2015 when his team Queretaro defeated America at the Azteca 4-0. That evening the Brazilian forward received a standing ovation from the fans at the stadium that day.
Ronaldinho confirmed during an interview with TUDN that what happened that day can only be compared with the standing ovation he received on November 2005 at the Santiago Bernabéu when Barcelona defeated Real Madrid in ‘El Clásico’. In that game he scored two amazing goals and Real Madrid fans couldn’t do anything but give Ronaldinho a standing ovation.
América welcomed Querataro in week 14 of the Clausura 2015 with Ronaldinho playing at the Azteca for the first time. That day the stadium was packed with fans desperate to see the Brazilian play before he retired.
Ronaldinho was not in the starting lineup but he came on in the second half and it took him 10 minutes to work his magic. He scored two of the four goals and even though América lost, their fans gave Ronaldinho a standing ovation at the end of the game.
"It was a special day for me, it only happened at the Santiago Bernabéu once. I remember I was sitting down when Queretaro’s coach, Victor Manuel Vucetich, called me and told me I was going to go on", he said during the Interview.
Ronaldinho flattered to the Liga MX
Ronaldinho only played for Queretaro in two tournaments, but that was enough for him to recognize the great competition in Mexican soccer, “I think more people around the world should be paying more attention to the Liga MX because it’s very good, very competitive and a lot of teams play great soccer. It is a very strong league and even the coaches like that their teams play well, I enjoy watching it now a days”.
The Brazilian came close to winning the title during his last tournament, the Clausura 2015, but Queretaro ended up losing the final against Santos Laguna.
Danilinho was key for him to sing with Queretaro
Also during the same interview with TUDN, Ronaldinho confirmed that Danilinho was one of the reasons he decided to come play soccer in Mexico, “My brother played for Tecos and one of my good friends, Danilinho, was playing for Queretaro that year, so I knew if I signed with them I was not going to be alone'', said the World Cup winner in 2002.