Ronaldinho jeered in Atletico`s clash with Flamengo
Rio de Janeiro: Ronaldinho was the target of constant jeers by fans of his former club Flamengo as the side defeated Atletico Mineiro 2-1 in Brazil`s Serie A football championship.
The two-time FIFA world player of the year was booed every time he went near the ball by the crowd at Rio`s Engenhao Stadium Wednesday. But his impact was minimal as Flamengo`s tight-checking defense marked him out of the match, as reported by a news agency.
Vagner Love gave Flamengo a 1-0 lead midway through the first half with a spectacular overhead bicycle kick.
Former Manchester City forward Jo equalised with a smart turn and finish early in the second half before Portugal international Liedson put Flamengo back in front with a sweetly timed volley.
"They can say what they want. It`s no different to what I expected," Ronaldinho said of the fans in a brief interview after the game.
The 32-year-old left Flamengo in May after a turbulent 18-month stint at Brazil`s most popular club.
Upon his resignation, the 2002 World Cup winner filed a $27-million lawsuit for unpaid wages, bonuses and moral damages.
Flamengo responded by accusing the midfielder of binge drinking and a lack of commitment to training.
Ronaldinho joined Atletico Mineiro in June and has since recaptured glimpses of his best form to lead the club to second in the league standings.