The Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro is nearly finished after years of renovations for next summer's World Cup, so on Saturday, a special test match was held in Brazil's national stadium. Two teams of Brazilian legends led by Ronaldo and Bebeto graced the pitch four months after FIFA's deadline for completion ahead of this summer's Confederations Cup. And Ronaldo reopened the building with style and good humor.
With his side leading Bebeto's 6-4 in the second half, Ronaldo left his defender standing still and put the ball past the keeper with a wonderful (and surprisingly quick) move inside the box. After scoring, he tried to jump on a nearby stadium worker in a slightly delayed goal celebration.
"It was a total thrill," the man Ronaldo celebrated on told Globoesporte. "I got scared when he came at me. I didn't know what to do." Not many people would.
Here are a couple of pictures of the inside of the Maracana...
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