Most football fans aged 30 and older can never forget Ronaldinho’s long-range freekick against England at Korea-Japan in 2002.
While we were all left gasping at Ronaldinho’s wicked attempt in that quarter-final match - his teammate on the day Rivaldo - has revealed that the former Barcelona legend had been closely watching England’s goalie Seaman for some time before that moment.
In fact, many fans still wondered if Ronaldinho wasn’t actually intending to cross the ball...
"I remember well that match against England at World Cup 2002, in which we won 2-1," Rivaldo said via Daily Star.
"Ronaldinho gave a brilliant performance that day, setting up an excellent play and assisting me for our first goal. My goal was important for us, as we managed to equalise right before half-time.
"Then at the second half, he scored that famous goal from way outside the box that surprised David Seaman and all the world, me included,” added the former PSG left winger.
Ronaldinho vs England. Did he mean it?— Goal (@goal) March 26, 2020
🗣 Rivaldo: "After the match, he told me that he knew that Seaman had that tendency to take one or two steps forward at free kicks and so he tried to surprise him.
"For Ronaldinho, there were no impossible tasks."pic.twitter.com/5CGsCKP99e
"I never thought he could try such strike, but it worked perfectly. After the match, he told me that he knew that Seaman had that tendency to take one or two steps forward at free kicks and so he tried to surprise him.
"That match was particularly remarkable because Ronaldinho was sent off with half an hour to play and we had to fight hard to contain English pressure until the end.
"To score a goal from such a tough position, and with your right foot, is amazing because it would be more plausible for a lefty to do it.
"For Ronaldinho, though, there were no impossible tasks and it was a joy to watch him play and to share the pitch with him many times."
Brazil would of course march on to win the tournament…first beating Turkey 1-0 in the semis before Ronaldo’s incredible brace helped to beat Germany 2-0 in the final.