Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana stadium has opened up a special tour dedicated to Barcelona legend Ronaldinho that features memorabilia and artwork paying tribute to the Brazilian star.
The tour features 11 of pieces of artwork of Ronaldinho from different stages of his career which will hang in the iconic stadium until 10th March.
Ronaldinho attended the opening of the tour and told reporters: “I’m happy to be back at the Maracana receiving a presentation from my friend. It’s difficult to find the words to describe this emotion. I never thought this would happen to me when I stopped playing.
“It’s amazing to be remembered in this stadium. It’s one of the sad things about my time at Flamengo, I didn’t get to play in the Maracana. Saying that, receiving this homage is a present that few have the opportunity to receive, I’m happy.”
The tour features a pair of the Brazilian’s boots, a shirt he wore for Barcelona in the 2006-07 season and a mould of the icon’s feet.
The footprints will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Maracana after the exhibition ends.
The artist behind the 11 paintings of Ronaldinho, Ederson Carvalho de Souza, known as Camaleao, told reporters: “The idea behind the exhibition wasn’t to focus on history, on his career, but on fragments of genius. The first thing that I thought was to create shots which didn’t really happen but could have occurred at Ronaldinho’s feet.”
The pieces of art will be displayed in Europe after the exhibition at the Maracana ends, with Spain and Germany the most likely destinations.
Ronaldinho won the 2002 World Cup, two La Liga titles, one Champions League, one Serie A and one Ballon d’Or in a glittering career.