Brazilian football at its most Brazilian was on display when Ronaldinho's Flamengo beat Neymar's Santos 5-4 (it could've been 5-5 if Elano didn't have a weak penalty kick saved) on Wednesday night. Though Ronaldinho scored three goals to Neymar's two, it was the 19-year-old Real Madrid target who provided the most dazzling goal of the night to put Santos up 3-0 in the 25th minute.
Flamengo simply couldn't take the ball off of him as he dominated its attempt at defense, weaving through opponents, then passing it off to a teammate so he could sprint towards the box, get the ball right back, pass it around an opponent to himself, then just barely chip a shot over the keeper as he finally loses his balance with two more defenders converging on him. And all while his fauxhawk was uncharacteristically flat.
Not one to be shown up, Ronaldinho scored just two minutes later to begin Flamengo's comeback from three goals down to win the match. Still, this highlight just might squeeze a few more million out of Florentino Perez's pocket.