It is just before the England v Brazil match. Ronaldinho goes into the Brazilian changing room to find all his teammates looking a bit glum. “What’s up?” he asks.
“Well, we’re having trouble getting motivated for this game. We know it’s important but it’s only England. They’re rubbish and we canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be bothered.”
Ronaldinho looks at them and says, “Well, I reckon I can beat them by myself-you lads go down the pub.” So Ronaldinho goes out to play England by himself and the rest of the Brazilian team go off for a few jars. After a few pints they wonder how the game is going, so they get the landlord to put the teletext on.
A big cheer goes up as the screen reads “Brazil 1 (Ronaldinho 10 minutes) – England 0”. He is beating England all by himself! A few pints later and the game is forgotten until someone remembers, “It must be full time now, let’s see how he got on.” They put the teletext on.
“Result from the Stadium ‘Brazil 1 (Ronaldinho 10 minutes) – England 1 (Lampard 89 minutes)’.”
They can’t believe it; he has single-handedly got a draw against England!!! They rush back to the Stadium to congratulate Ronaldinho. They find him in the dressing room, still in his gear, sitting with his head in his hands. He refuses to look at them. “I’ve let you down, I’ve let you down.”
“Don’t be daft, you got a draw against England, all by yourself. And they only scored at the very, very end!”
“No, no, I have. I’ve let you down…I got sent off after 12 minutes.”