Ronaldinho Claims Barcelona Could Have Scored More in 2006 Champions League Final Against Arsenal

Callum Rice-Coates

​Ronaldinho has expressed his belief that Barcelona were in complete control of the 2006 Champions League final against Arsenal.

The Brazilian was part of the side that came from a goal down to win 2-1, Samuel Eto'o levelling after Sol Campbell's opener, before  Juliano Belletti scored the winner.

Arsenal played much of the game with ten men after the dismissal of goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, and Ronaldinho has revealed that Barcelona were simply biding their time in the knowledge that they had an extra player.

Barcelona's Brazilian forward Ronaldinho
Barcelona's Brazilian forward Ronaldinho

"We never doubted we would win that match," he said in an interview with ​FourFourTwo

"Even when we were losing, we knew they were one man down and that it would cost them. We just figured that we didn't need to rush, we just had to play our football.

"It could have been more than 2-1 – we kept it at that score so that Belletti could say he scored the decider! That was his only goal for Barcelona.

Barcelona's Brazilian forward Ronaldinho
Barcelona's Brazilian forward Ronaldinho

“We had a massive party in Paris after the game. I had many friends there so I went to celebrate with them, and some team-mates came along. Everyone brought their families, so some were celebrating with them after our party, too. It was a great night.”

Ronaldinho and his teammates' confidence, it seemed, proved well placed as they secured the club's second Champions League title. They would go on to win a further two under Pep Guardiola, although by then Ronaldinho had left for pastures new.


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