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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Ronaldinho joy at first trophy

ESPNsoccernet staff

Just months after returning to Brazil in pursuit of silverware, Ronaldinho has described his joy at picking up the Carioca State Championship with new side Flamengo.

Ronaldinho left AC Milan to move back to South America after criticism for his off-field antics and laid back lifestyle. However, the Brazilian has not had to wait long as Flamengo overcame Vasco da Gama on penalties to win the final of the Taca Rio, the second stage of Rio de Janeiro's local championship.

"A joy like this can only be compared with the World Cup title," he told reporters. "I went five years without being a champion, I have only experienced joy with these fans and I hope to continue my work here."

Flamengo's 3-1 win (after a 0-0 draw in normal time), saw them finish the campaign unbeaten for the first time since 1996.




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