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Ronaldinho vindicated by Libertadores victory

25 July 2013 14:37

Ronaldinho feels that Atletico Mineiro's success in the Copa Libertadores proves that he can still compete at the highest level.

The 33-year-old, who joined from Flamengo in June 2012 following a dispute over wage payments, added the Libertadores to his list of honours as Mineiro overcame a two-goal aggregate deficit to beat Club Olimpia on penalties.

Former Barcelona star Ronaldinho joins a select group of players to have won both the Libertadores and the UEFA Champions League, and also boasts one FIFA World Cup crown.

The attacking midfielder's career had been thought to be in decline when he agreed to move to Estadio Independencia, having won just two major trophies since leaving Barcelona in 2008.

However, the Brazil international believes that this latest triumph should silence those who felt that his career at the top of the game was over.

"This is the reason why I returned to Brazil. This is the one trophy that was still missing," he said.

"Everyone said that I was finished and that my time was over. Let them talk now.

"We showed that the players aren't always wrong, I am not saying players don't make mistakes, but it's not always their mistake."

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P 2 - 0 P

Competition
Copa Libertadores
Date
25 July 2013
Kick-off
02:50
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
2 - 0
Extra-time
2 - 0
Penalties
4 - 3
On aggregate
2 - 2

Goals

46'  
1 - 0
Leonardo Silva 87'
(assist by Bernard) 
2 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
6
3 87'
4
29
10
5
28
11 22'
9
7 46'
Coach: Cuca
# Player Bookings
1 84'
5 58' 85'
17 22'
19
15
24
8
14
3
10 72'
16
Coach: E. Almeida

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
18
19
17
8
12
27 109'
15
# Player Bookings
9 88'
4 105'
23
6
11
13
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