Brazil legend Ronaldo knows what it is like to be the centre
of attention. Three times FIFA World Player of the Year, two times a World
Cup winner... plus stacks more titles.
But the the 33-year-old was upstaged - at a benefit match organised by Deco
at the weekend - by a man who is every bit as phenomenal as O Fenomino:
Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
The Argentine's biggest fan seemed to be Ronaldo's very own son, Ronald, who
at 10 years old sports a spitting image of his father's toothy grin.
The striker, now playing for Corinthians and not fit enough to take part in
Deco's match, was reduced to a supporter and proud dad as he took photos of
Ronald alongside Messi.
Ronaldo and Messi enjoyed a game of table tennis before the match and rued
the fact that the Argentine even beat him at that.
Deco, who is on the brink of leaving Chelsea for a move to Rio de Janeiro
club Fluminense, organised the game for his Deco20 Institute, which supports
children in Indaiatuba.
Among those playing were Brazil greats Rivelino, Careca and Falcao. Sylvinho,
recently released by Manchester City, also took part, as did former Leeds
United defender Roque Junior.
Brazil-born Portugal international Deco had been expected to tie up his move
last week but a death in the family of his agent Jorge Mendes delayed a
meeting with Chelsea to make the player's release official.
Fluminense prematurely began selling shirts with the No 20 and Deco's name
until the club's president demanded their withdrawal for fear it could anger