Ronaldinho returns to the Camp Nou with AC Milan
This year’s Joan Gamper trophy will feature one of the true giants of world club football, AC Milan, along with a player who delighted Barça fans from 2003 to 2008.
The presence on Wednesday evening of the Milan team and former Barça star Ronaldinho guarantees a
fantastic evening of football. It will be the third time the seven times European champions have
graced the Joan Gamper Trophy while for Ronaldinho it will be a return to the stadium that saw him
crowned as the best player in the world.
Six years on
Milan last took part in the Joan Gamper on 25th August 2004. A new-look Barça team –featuring
debuts from Deco, Giuly, Eto'o, Belletti and Larson – won 2-1, the goals coming from Giuly
and Andrés Iniesta for Barça and Serginho for AC Milan.
Eighteen years earlier, on 19th August 1986, Milan made their first appearance in the Joan
Gamper. The tournament featured four teams and Barça – managed by English coach Terry
Venables – beat Milan 3-1 in the semi-finals with goals from Victor, Hughes and Pedraza.
Ronaldinho back in the Camp Nou
For Ronaldinho, it will be his first reappearance in the Camp Nou since leaving
Barça two years ago. It will be a chance for the fans to show their appreciation for the five
wonderful seasons he spent at the Club.
From 2003 until 2008 he helped re-launch a team that had spent four seasons without winning a
trophy. His special brand of Brazilian magic and his extrovert personality influenced an entire
Ronaldinho was the leader of the team that conquered Europe. He won the Champions
League, the Spanish league title (twice), and the Spanish Super Cup. He was recognized as the bet
player in the world, winning the Golden Ball and the FIFA World Player (twice).
He left Barça in the summer of 2008 and signed for AC Milan. His return on Wednesday evening
will delight Barça fans everywhere.
Ronaldinho’s first match against Barça
This Wednesday’s match will be the first time Ronaldinho has played against Barça, either
with Paris SG or with Milan. However, last season Milan took on Real Madrid in the group phase of
the Champions League, winning 2-3 in the Santiago Bernabeu and drawing 1-1 in the San Siro,
Ronaldinho scoring from the penalty spot.