Ronaldinho nets hat-trick in AC Milan rout

Ronaldinho 1 (Reuters)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Ronaldinho's struggles over the past couple years have been well-documented, but his most recent performance for AC Milan is just the latest example of him returning to his best.

A rejuvenated Ronaldinho starred in Milan's massive victory over lowly Siena on Sunday, scoring a hat-trick in the 4-0 win that kept the Rossoneri within striking distance of first-place Inter Milan.

It took Ronaldinho only 12 minutes to get on the scoresheet, converting a penalty kick over ten-man Siena. The Brazilian attacker then headed home his second (Milan's third) in the second half before capping the scoring with a blast that brought back memories of his glory days at Barcelona.

If you missed any of Ronaldinho's hat-trick or wish to see it again, the goals are after the jump.


What do you think of Ronaldinho's hat-trick? Impressed? Do you see him making the 2010 World Cup team for Brazil?

Share your thoughts below.

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29 Responses to Ronaldinho nets hat-trick in AC Milan rout

  1. Brandon says:

    That last one was amazing

  2. madmax says:

    Ronaldinho must be the biggest football turn around I’ve ever seen. Last year he was god-awful and this year an unstoppable dynamo. He surely will get called back to Brasil, especially with Kaka’ off form still.

  3. OmarVizquel says:

    I keep forgetting that Gooch plays there…

  4. Yossarian says:

    I’d have him on the bench in case they got down and needed an injection of creativity, but I don’t think he really fits into what Dunga is doing there. In order for him to be effective, you pretty much have to run your whole team through him and that’s not what Dunga wants.

  5. ko'd says:

    That’s because, technically, he doesn’t…

  6. MiamiAl says:

    I don’t think there is anyone in the world that does not want to see Ronaldinho in South Africa in some capacity this summer…

  7. Lorenzo says:

    Agreed. Can see it already, Netherlands-Brazil, quarterfinals, tied at 1-1, 10 minutes before stoppage time legendary Ronaldinho comes on to try and pull something from nothing.

  8. IMSYE87 says:

    hes so freaking ugly. but an awesome hattrick

  9. Neumannator says:

    Clint Dempsey out of World Cup??!!!

  10. shantz says:

    RONALDINHO is A STARter

  11. shantz says:

    But he gets more girls than you so it dont matter.

  12. grubbsbl says:

    I know, forget Ronaldinho. Dempsey subbed off with a knee injury. Awaiting more info…..

  13. CrispyST3 says:

    aint that sum sh*t…..i hope its just the doctors making it worse than it seems cuz they do that all the time

  14. jig says:

    i disagree, i think with the way he dunga has the team set up, ronaldinho fits perfectly. they play a 4-2-3-1, there’s no reason why ronaldinho couldnt beat out robinho for the starting spot on the left, which is where he operates at club level as well.

  15. chupacabra says:

    Scoring a hat trick against bottom feeders Siena (and a 10-man Siena at that) is about as impressive as that time that Kramer beat all the kids in his karate class. You should call it an urban sombrero trick instead.

  16. Adam M. says:

    And he missed three other goals by inches. Its not just that he scored (5 in the last 2 games). He is running at defenders again, displaying his skill on the ball, and creating general havoc, the things that have missing from his game. Ronny at his best is C. Ronaldo and Messi in one player. He’s not as fast as he used to be, but he is certainly making his argument right now regarding the Selecao.

  17. wally says:

    I say he takes Robinho’s starting spot. Kaka and Ronaldinho, like Gerrard and Lampard, will just have to figure it out.

  18. bryan says:

    dude, dempsey, no….

  19. Josh D. says:

    Not good; they say cruciate knee damage = months out… Typical for us, that’s 3 of our main players out at the moment for the World Cup. Surprised there’s no mention of it here yet…. So pissed…

  20. wally says:

    this dempsey thing is awful.

    really hoping he can come back by the wc with the same kind of fire and athleticism..we really need that guy outworking/jumping folks on set pieces. not sure where the goals come from without a healthy davies or dempsey…

  21. Jonathan says:

    Dunga may be stubborn, but he’s no fool. ronaldhinho will start ahead of robinho… I use to like robinho but his attitude and just sheer lack of ability has shown. He’s not young anymore, there’s no more excuse; he is merely just an above average player. He’s not world class and people need to stop feeding his ego. He really just isn’t that good. Ronnie, Messi, Dinho, Torres, all scoring more goals at his age. Hell I rate joe cole ahead of robinho right now

  22. JL says:

    I know it won’t happen anytime soon but I would love to see him play in the MLS before his career is over.

  23. Dominghosa says:

    He really should have gotten four, his beautiful cut back move around the 75th minute ended with a chip shot that just missed.

  24. Mark says:

    Ronaldinho Gaúcho is sending a notice to the soccer world about South Africa 2010. he is still not in top form but he’s scaring the hell out of defenders. He will be in South Africa 2 times better than he is now.

    Don’t miss any Brazil games it’s going to be special this 2010 cup for Gaúcho.

  25. alex says:

    Amazing what happens when you have a little motivation…

    Good time to take a few months off from clubbing to remind everyone that you’ve been wasting more talent than anyone in the world for the last couple of years.

  26. Nic D "The Texas 2 Stepper" says:

    HE’s Baaaaaaaa – aaaaaaaaack!

  27. d says:

    the 2 goals he DIDN’t score were as incredible or more than any of the ones he did.

    watched extended highlights of the game and beckham was excellent

  28. I agree. ‘Dinho is the best player I have ever seen. He has good skills. I think he can make it in SA. If Dunga takes pleasure in not calling Ronaldinho for the 2010 World Cup then there is something hidden behind that decision.