2022-11-24 16:43:40

Ronaldinho admitted he didn't mean to lob David Seaman in iconic World Cup goal

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By Nick Murphy

It's a goal that gives England fans - and probably David Seaman - hot sweats at night.

But Brazil legend Ronaldinho has revealed that he never intended to lob the Three Lions stopper during that heartbreaking World Cup quarter-final defeat in Japan in 2002. The 42-year-old maverick broke England hearts with an incredible 40-yard free-kick that deceived Seaman and put Brazil 2-1 up.

Luiz Felipe Scolari's side didn't relinquish that advantage as they sent the Three Lions crashing out under Sven-Goran Eriksson. In the immediate aftermath of the match, Ronaldinho insisted that he intended for the free-kick to go in.

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But he later admitted that luck more than played its part in one of the most iconic goals in England World Cup history. No, it wasn't on purpose, said Ronaldinho, speaking in May of this year.

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