Early Doors

Starstruck opponents mob Ronaldinho, grab items from him

It must be very hard for Ronaldinho's opponents: not only do they have to deal with his genius on the pitch, but also to contain their admiration for him walking off.

Raja Casablanca's players were so enamoured with the Brazilian and desperate for souvenirs from him in the Club World Cup that they grabbed at him.

Ronaldinho scored a brilliant free kick - just as he had in his first match back from injury last week - in the second half Atletico-MG's Club World Cup semi-final in Morocco.

The local side took a surprise 1-0 lead in the 51st minute, but Ronaldinho worked his magic to equalise 12 minutes later.

He pinged his free kick off the far post, freezing the goalkeeper and bringing joy to the large Atletico-MG contingent that made the trip for the tournament.

It was short lived, though, as Raja regained the lead in the 84th minute from the penalty spot and scored again in added time to make it 3-1.

After the match, the Raja players were left in such admiration that they took his boots right off his feet.

Being the amiable guy that he is, Ronaldinho just stood there and let them.

Via Dirty Tackle