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Rawson scores 22, Utah rolls Washington State 82-69

Washington State guard Milan Acquaah (5) lays up the ball as Utah forward Jayce Johnson (34) defends in the first half during an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Franck Kessie inspires AC Milan comeback vs. Cagliari

The Cote d’Ivoire international's first half brace saved the Rossoneri from defeat at the Sardegna Arena

Kessie a far better player than I was, claims AC Milan coach Gattuso

Kessie a far better player than I was, claims AC Milan coach Gattuso

Kessie a far better player than I was, claims AC Milan coach Gattuso

Kessie a far better player than I was, claims AC Milan coach Gattuso

Kessie a far better player than I was, claims AC Milan coach Gattuso

Franck Kessie starred in AC Milan's comeback victory at Cagliari and earned high praise from head coach Gennaro Gattuso.

Cagliari (Italy), 21/01/2018.- Cagliari's Simone Padoin in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Milan at Sardegna Arena Stadium in Cagliari, 21 January 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FABIO MURRU

Milan's players jubilates after scoring the 1-1 during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Milan at Sardegna Arena Stadium in Cagliari, Italy. EFE/EPA

Cagliari's players jubilates after scoring the goal of 1-0 during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Milan at Sardegna Arena Stadium in Cagliari, Italy. EFE/EPA

Cagliari (Italy), 21/01/2018.- Milan's head coach Gennaro Gattuso during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Milan at Sardegna Arena Stadium in Cagliari, Italy, 21 January 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/FABIO MURRU

Cagliari 1 AC Milan 2: Kessie at the double in comeback win

Cagliari 1 AC Milan 2: Kessie at the double in comeback win

Cagliari 1 AC Milan 2: Kessie at the double in comeback win

AC Milan had to come from behind as Franck Kessie's brace sank lowly Cagliari in Serie A on Sunday.

Cagliari 1 AC Milan 2: Kessie at the double in comeback win

Cagliari 1 AC Milan 2: Kessie at the double in comeback win

Cagliari 1 AC Milan 2: Kessie at the double in comeback win

AC Milan had to come from behind as Franck Kessie's brace sank lowly Cagliari in Serie A on Sunday.

Cagliari (Italy), 21/01/2018.- Milan's players jubilates after scoring the 1-1 during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Milan at Sardegna Arena Stadium in Cagliari, Italy, 21 January 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/Fabio Murru

Cagliari (Italy), 21/01/2018.- Milan's players jubilates after scoring the 1-1 during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Milan at Sardegna Arena Stadium in Cagliari, Italy, 21 January 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/Fabio Murru

Cagliari (Italy), 21/01/2018.- Cagliari's players jubilates after scoring the 1-1 during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Milan at Sardegna Arena Stadium in Cagliari, Italy, 21 January 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/Fabio Murru

Cagliari (Italy), 21/01/2018.- Milan's Frank Kessie celebrates after scoring a goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Milan at Sardegna Arena Stadium in Cagliari, Italy, 21 January 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/Fabio Murru

Cagliari (Italy), 21/01/2018.- Milan's Franck Kessie scores the goal of 1-1 during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Milan at Sardegna Arena Stadium in Cagliari, Italy, 21 January 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/Fabio Murru

Silva assured of chances at AC Milan after latest first-team snub

Andre Silva was again named on the bench for AC Milan but the club have made it clear they do not wish to sell him.

Silva assured of chances at AC Milan after latest first-team snub

Silva assured of chances at AC Milan after latest first-team snub

Silva assured of chances at AC Milan after latest first-team snub

Silva assured of chances at AC Milan after latest first-team snub

Cagliari (Italy), 21/01/2018.- Cagliari's players jubilates after scoring the goal of 1-0 during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Milan at Sardegna Arena Stadium in Cagliari, Italy, 21 January 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/Fabio Murru

Cagliari (Italy), 21/01/2018.- Cagliari's players jubilates after scoring the goal of 1-0 during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Milan at Sardegna Arena Stadium in Cagliari, Italy, 21 January 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/Fabio Murru

Cagliari (Italy), 21/01/2018.- Cagliari's players jubilates after scoring the goal of 1-0 during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Milan at Sardegna Arena Stadium in Cagliari, Italy, 21 January 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/Fabio Murru

Cagliari (Italy), 21/01/2018.- Cagliari's miedfielder Nicolo Barella (c) jubilates with his teammate scores the goal of 1-0 during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Milan at Sardegna Arena Stadium in Cagliari, Italy, 21 January 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/Fabio Murru

Cagliari (Italy), 21/01/2018.- Cagliari's miedfielder Nicolo Barella (c) jubilates with his teammate after scoring the goal of 1-0 during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Milan at Sardegna Arena Stadium in Cagliari, Italy, 21 January 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/Fabio Murru

Roma Legend Francesco Totti Jokingly Jibes at Edin Dzeko's Potential Move to Chelsea

Roma legend Francesco Totti has been caught on camera joking with Edin Dzeko surrounding the frontman's potential move to Chelsea, asking if their train taking them to Milan was London bound.  Reports have claimed that the Blues have tabled a combined bid in the region of €50m (£44m) plus €10m (£8.8m) in add-ons for the capture of the 31-year-old and defender Emerson Palmieri.  Emerson Palmieri wasn’t included in Roma’s Champions League squad, so he would be able to play for Chelsea in that...

Roma Legend Francesco Totti Jokingly Jibes at Edin Dzeko's Potential Move to Chelsea

Roma legend Francesco Totti has been caught on camera joking with Edin Dzeko surrounding the frontman's potential move to Chelsea, asking if their train taking them to Milan was London bound.  Reports have claimed that the Blues have tabled a combined bid in the region of €50m (£44m) plus €10m (£8.8m) in add-ons for the capture of the 31-year-old and defender Emerson Palmieri.  Emerson Palmieri wasn’t included in Roma’s Champions League squad, so he would be able to play for Chelsea in that...

Puljujarvi, Maroon lead Oilers to 5-2 win over Canucks

Vancouver Canucks Brandon Sutter (20) is grabbed by Edmonton Oilers' Milan Lucic (27) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

No January exit for AC Milan's Silva, assures Gattuso

The likes of Wolves, Swansea City and Arsenal have been linked to Andre Silva, but Gennaro Gattuso says he will not leave AC Milan.

No January exit for AC Milan's Silva, assures Gattuso

No January exit for AC Milan's Silva, assures Gattuso

No January exit for AC Milan's Silva, assures Gattuso

No January exit for AC Milan's Silva, assures Gattuso

'No one like Ronaldinho until Messi' - Guardiola lavishes praise on Brazil great

The Barcelona legend was without compare until an Argentine upstart appeared on the scene, says the Manchester City boss - who sold him to AC Milan

'No one like Ronaldinho until Messi' - Guardiola lavishes praise on Brazil great

The Barcelona legend was without compare until an Argentine upstart appeared on the scene, says the Manchester City boss - who sold him to AC Milan

No one like Ronaldinho until Messi - Guardiola lavishes praise on Brazil great

Barcelona great Ronaldinho was without compare until Lionel Messi appeared on the scene, says Pep Guardiola - who sold him to AC Milan.

McKinley Wright IV scores 17 as Colorado beats WSU, 82-73

Colorado Buffaloes guard Namon Wright, right, drives the lane as Washington State Cougars guard Milan Acquaah drops back to defend in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Men's EHF European Handball Championship

Handball - Men's EHF European Handball Championship - main round Group I - Serbia v Norway - Arena Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia - January 18, 2018. Milan Jovanovic of Serbia in action. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Manchester United open to selling Matteo Darmian as AC Milan and Valencia eye struggling right-back

Manchester United open to selling Matteo Darmian as AC Milan and Valencia eye struggling right-back

The utterly beguiling genius of Ronaldinho

An international star of the sport, one of the most exciting players to ever grace a football pitch, gifted with the most Brazilian of Brazilian flair - Ronaldinho has retired from football. Watching Ronaldinho play made you want to be a footballer, a footballer exactly like Ronaldinho - a guy who became the best player in the world without looking like he was even trying.  He floated through matches doing as he pleased, always smiling, making everything he did look like the most fun thing in the world. There's something about the mythology of the man that will make us remember him as a sort of flawed genius or wasted talent - the Chosen One who didn't fulfil the prophecy - but that makes him infinitely cooler. Anyway, he won the World Cup. And the Champions League. Sure, to have had Ronaldinho at his peak for longer than the few short years he was the absolute king would have been great. But don't we want our rock stars to be slightly cursed by imperfections they'll never overcome? That ephemeral period where Ronaldinho ruled the world will last a lifetime in the memory. Ronaldinho playing against AC Milan in 2003 Credit: GETTY IMAGES As naturally gifted a player as there has ever been, Ronaldinho would apparently sometimes not even bother turning up to training at PSG, as ex-teammate Jerome Leroy claimed: "[He] would just turn up on a Friday for the game on Saturday".  There are stories that Ronaldinho would arrive at the training ground in the same clothes he went out in and be found sleeping in dark rooms at Barcelona's complex after partying during the night, not so much burning the candle at both ends as streaking through the mid-2000s like a firework.  Ronaldinho's incredible career Nostalgia and hindsight tend to unduly colour our impressions of players (see Wayne Rooney in about five years time), but the Brazil trident of Ronaldinho, Rivaldo and Ronaldo? On the same pitch at the same time? Even then it was clear this was something special. The magic of @10Ronaldinho Pure talent. Barça Legend. pic.twitter.com/Cjel9SKO54— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 17, 2018 Going into the 2002 World Cup, the 22-year-old Ronaldinho was a player wanted by every club in the world. His value only increased after some incredible performances in that tournament. His goal against England, a moment David Seaman never really recovered from, is as vivid in my mind now as if it had happened yesterday. Barcelona outbid Manchester United for Ronaldinho's signature in the summer of 2003, paying PSG €30million while rivals Real Madrid opted for the vastly more marketable David Beckham.  Ronaldinho scored his first goal for the club in a midnight kick-off, dribbling from the halfway line to thunder a shot from distance off the underside of the Sevilla crossbar. By 2005 there was little doubt that Ronaldinho was the best player in the world. He took on something of superhuman status, magical on the pitch and off it - one clever advert in which the Brazilian hit ball after ball against the crossbar helped fuel the mystical aura. At a time when less of the population were as familiar with post-production editing techniques, few were certain on first watch whether this was real or not. Clearly, what we will remember most about Ronaldinho are the unbelievable things he did on the pitch and his ability to define matches in an instant. Chelsea beat Barcelona 4-2 over two legs in the Champions League in 2005 but the moment that stands out was Ronaldinho's solo goal: The shimmy, the minimal backlift to leave the entire team humiliated with a perfectly placed, powerful strike. He operated on a different level to anyone else, injecting games with a spirit of fun and creativity, providing the spark of excitement that made every match memorable. "Some goals are not about the skills; they are about the moment you’re living," he said later of the goal. This was a player who left the Bernabeu to a standing ovation from the home fans while starring for Barcelona in a 3-0 destruction of Real Madrid - putting him in the company of few others to have been awarded such a reception.  Diego Maradona managed it once and another ludicrously talented Barcelona number 10 has done it since... Ronaldinho celebrating with the Champions League trophy in 2006 Credit: REUTERS Frank Rijkaard departed Barcelona to be replaced by young managerial upstart Pep Guardiola and it became apparent that Ronaldinho's time at the club was going to come to an end. Long after his departure, Ronaldinho's influence remains for all to see in the freewheeling play of Lionel Messi, who Ronaldinho announced as his successor after their first training session held together. "Even then I knew he was a better player than me," admitted the Brazilian. It was Ronaldinho who set up Messi for his very first goal in Barcelona colours: Ronaldinho's lack of discipline (or enjoyment of life, depending on your point of view) has often been blamed for his early peak and failure to sustain his place at the summit of world football. His career took something of a downward spiral - but didn't plummet -  after leaving La Liga. He won Serie A with AC Milan after moving there in 2008 and achieved a lifelong dream by winning the Copa Libertadores with Atletico Mineiro in 2013. The best had passed but when he wanted to turn it on, Ronaldinho did. Ronaldinho at his AC Milan presentation in 2008 Credit: AFP Since then Ronaldinho floated around the Mexican league and appeared for Fluminense in the Brasileirao a few times, before remaining a professional footballer in name only from 2015 until Wednesday 17th January 2018, without actually being employed as one. It's a fitting end to a stellar career. A rocket ascent to the heights of football, a shooting star who scattered magic dust on all those below his path, who cooled on descent back to earth. It doesn't matter how old Ronaldinho gets, in our hearts and minds he will always be the Ronaldinho of the mid-2000s who smiled as he tore apart defences and made the very serious sport of football seem like it might actually be really fun.

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