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‘Ronaldinho’ fools Messi in Brazil

Lionel Messi got a huge shock during
Argentina’s training session on Wednesday
by a pitch invader he briefly mistook for his
former Barcelona team-mate and friend

Argentina trained in front of thousands of
fans and press at Belo Horizonte’s Estadio
Independencia, where Ronaldinho regularly
turns out
for Atletico Mineiro.

After some light running, the Albiceleste
squad were divided into small groups for
games of football-tennis in a low-key
session which finished amid chaos as over
a dozen supporters climbed over the fences
to invade the pitch and ran in search of a
handshake or a hug from their heroes.

Most headed in Messi’s direction and
security guards were overwhelmed in their
attempts to halt the fans as the practice was
quickly brought to an abrupt end. But the
Argentine was initially fooled by the
Ronaldinho double.

Robinson Oliveira, who works as a
professional lookalike of the Brazilian
forward, told Goal:

“When he saw me
he was shocked because he thought I
was the real Ronaldinho and he told
me that I didn’t need to run on the pitch to
see him. “He said:

‘What are you doing running
on here to see me?’ When he held my
hand, I went down on my knees [and
It was so emotional.” He added:
“I didn’t plan this. I just
thought to myself that I have to hold his
hand because this is the only opportunity I
will have to see him.”

The lookalike, who bears an uncanny
resemblance to the former Barca hero,
ended up with a bloodied hand after scaling
the fence in his adventure to meet Messi,
but said: “It was worth it.” Asked which of
the two players he
prefers, he replied: “Ronaldinho, of course!”
Argentina and Messi kick off their World
Cup campaign against Bosnia at the
Maracana on Sunday.

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Posted By KellyChi On 10:51 Thu, 12 Jun 2014

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