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Ronaldo v Zinedine Zidane charity friendly sees star-studded teams face off in Brazil

Ronaldo and Zidane in re-run of 1998 World Cup final head-to-head for charity match

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UPDATED:

11:03 GMT, 20 December 2012

A slimmed-down Ronaldo captained his side to victory as he went head-to-head with Zinedine Zidane on Wednesday night in Brazil.

Both players were in charge of star-studded squads in the Ronaldo and friends v Zidane and friends annual charity match.

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Elite: Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane lead out their men for the charity match

Elite: Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane lead out their men for the charity match

Star line-up: Brazilian favourites Ronaldo (fifth left), Neymar (fourth left) and Lucas (third left) were among the players involved

Star line-up: Brazilian favourites Ronaldo (fifth left), Neymar (fourth left) and Lucas (third left) were among the players involved

Payback: Neymar is the middleman as Ronaldo faces up to Zidane (but it's all in good spirits)

Payback: Neymar is the middleman as Ronaldo faces up to Zidane (but it's all in good spirits)

How's that Bebeto celebrates scoring the opener with Neymar (right)

How's that Bebeto celebrates scoring the opener with Neymar (right)

'Fat' Ronaldo no longer!

See how former Brazil superstar Ronaldo shed his weight HERE

The Brazilian's team emerged 3-2 victors, thanks to a late strike by Tottenham target Leandro Damiao.

Legendary Italian referee Pierluigi Collina came out of retirement to officiate the game which will raise funds to support projects to reduce poverty in Brazil and Africa.

In Zidane's side were former greats including Deco, Freddie Ljungberg and Fernando Hierro, as well as futsal star Falcao.

Before and after: Ronaldo shed a remarkable 37lbs in three months

Before and after: Ronaldo shed a remarkable 37lbs in three months

Drastic action: Ronaldo before and after his weight loss

Little magicians: Zico takes on Deco with Ronaldo watching on

Little magicians: Zico takes on Deco with Ronaldo watching on

Trampled: Santiago Solari takes a tumble during the well contested friendly

Trampled: Santiago Solari takes a tumble during the well contested friendly

Rough and tumble: Goalkeeper Dida smiles as Sorin goes rolling by

Rough and tumble: Goalkeeper Dida smiles as Sorin goes rolling by

Have you lost weight Argentinian Pablo Guinazu gets a grab of Ronaldo at the final whistle

Have you lost weight Argentinian Pablo Guinazu gets a grab of Ronaldo at the final whistle

Still got it: Zinedine Zidane tries to shield the ball from Brazilian player Amaral

Still got it: Zinedine Zidane tries to shield the ball from Brazilian player Amaral

Veteran: Michel Salgado appears to let Zico get the run on him during the UNDP-organised match in Porto Alegre

Veteran: Michel Salgado appears to let Zico get the run on him during the UNDP-organised match in Porto Alegre

Ronaldo's squad included Zico, Cafu, Roberto Carlos, Romario and Neymar.

It was all too much for one mascot, who broke down in tears as he got to meet the Santos star.

Neymar played in Bebeto to open the scoring for Ronaldo's team before Falcao levelled things up.

Zidane
led by example as he fired in a fine volley to put his side ahead, but
Caca Ferrari and Damiao made sure it was Ronaldo who ended up smiling.

Good cause: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) banner in the crowd

Good cause: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) banner in the crowd

Celebration time: Bebeto (second right) after scoring his goal alongside Ronaldo and Neymar

Celebration time: Bebeto (second right) after scoring his goal alongside Ronaldo and Neymar

Sky high: Leandro Damiao marks a goal during the match at the Arena Gremio

Sky high: Leandro Damiao marks a goal during the match at the Arena Gremio

Collision course: Ronaldo and Fernando Hierro go in for a 50-50

Collision course: Ronaldo and Fernando Hierro go in for a 50-50

On the noggin: Zico tries to leap for a header

On the noggin: Zico tries to leap for a header

Meeting of legends: Ronaldo tries to steer the ball away from Zidane in their charity match

Meeting of legends: Ronaldo tries to steer the ball away from Zidane in their charity match

Famously an off-colour Ronaldo could
not help his side during the France 1998 World Cup final, with Brazil
going down 3-0 to the hosts.

But tonight the Samba star, who has slimmed down considerably in recent weeks, had the last laugh.

VIDEO An overwhelmed and tearful child hugs Neymar at end of charity match

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VIDEO: Then Neymar sets up Bebeto to strike

VIDEO: But futsal star Falcao equalises

VIDEO: Zidane puts his side 2-1 up

VIDEO: Then Caca Ferrari levelled proceedings at 2-2

VIDEO GOAAAAL. Leandro Damiao grabbed the winner late on in the match…

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FULL SQUADS

RONALDO & FRIENDS TEAM

Danrlei, Dida, Caf, Serginho,
Rver, Junior Baiano, Roque Junior, Roberto Carlos, William, Lucas,
Juninho Paulista, Zinho, Djalminha, Roger, Zico, Denilson, Ronaldo,
Neymar, Leandro Damio, Bebeto, Cac Ferrari, Romrio, Edmundo,
Paulinho.

Coach: Carlos Alberto Parreira.

ZIDANE & FRIENDS TEAM

Vitor Baa, Juliano Belletti,
Diego Cavalieri, Emerson, Fernando Hierro, Mchel Salgado, Fernando
Couto, Juan Pablo Sorn, Paolo Montero, Carlos Gamarra, Hidetoshi
Nakata, Zindine Zidane, Deco, Santiago Solari, Fredrik Ljungberg, Juan
Romn Riquelme, Christian Karembeu, Alex de Souza, Pedro Pauleta,
Sebastin Abreu, Hulk, Falco, Mrio Jardel.

Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Bebeto"s son gets first Brazil under 20 call-up

Bebeto's boy still rocks! Mattheus a step closer to emulating legend father with Brazil Under 20 call-up

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UPDATED:

10:54 GMT, 14 November 2012

It was an iconic moment in World Cup history, since replicated by goalscorers on park pitches the world over.

Bebeto had just fired Brazil two-up in their USA '94 quarter-final against Holland and celebrated with a carefully-choreographed cradle-rocking routine with teammates Romario and Mazinho in honour of his new-born son Mattheus.

Now, 18 years later and all grown up, that baby is a step closer to emulating the achievements of his legendary father after receiving his first Brazil Under 20 call-up.

Iconic moment: Mazinho, Bebeto and Romario rock the cradle in celebration after Bebeto's goal against Holland in the 1994 World Cup quarter-final

Iconic moment: Mazinho, Bebeto and Romario rock the cradle in celebration after Bebeto's goal against Holland in the 1994 World Cup quarter-final

Quick strides: Mattheus (right) has already played for his father's club Flamengo and is now being recognised at international level

Quick strides: Mattheus (right) has already played for his father's club Flamengo and is now being recognised at international level

Mattheus, by all accounts a prolific scorer, has worked his way through the youth ranks at Bebeto's old club Flamengo and now looks set for international recognition too.

The youngster made his debut for the Rio club in February this year in a 0-0 draw with Olaria, as his proud father watched on from the stands.

Bebeto, 47, is now a politician, having been voted onto the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro as a Democratic Labour candidate at the 2010 elections.

Nice moves: And on the evidence of this celebration, he has great celebration routines like his dad

Nice moves: And on the evidence of this celebration, he has great celebration routines like his dad

Mattheus said at the time of his club debut: 'I talk to my father all the time, because he had a great career and is an ideal example for me to follow.

'He has helped give me peace of mind by telling me not worry about expectations and just to concentrate on doing my best.'

And with this latest milestone, it seems he's a step closer to meeting those expectations.

VIDEO: Bebeto's iconic cradle celebration

Romario slams Ricardo Teixeira

Romario hails exit of 'cancerous' Teixeira after anti-English president steps down

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UPDATED:

08:37 GMT, 13 March 2012

Brazilian World Cup winner Romario has slammed Ricardo Teixeira after he resigned as president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).

Teixiera, known to despise England, had
been in charge of Brazilian football for 23 years but recently came
under pressure to resign over allegations of corruption.

Hitting out: Romario (centre) was quick to condemn Ricardo Teixeira

Hitting out: Romario (centre) was quick to condemn Ricardo Teixeira

And Romario was quick to express his delight at the announcement.

'Today we can celebrate. We have exterminated a cancer from Brazilian
football,' he said on his Facebook page.

Gone: Controversial Ricardo Teixeira stood down as president of the CBF

Gone: Controversial Ricardo Teixeira stood down as president of the CBF

'Finally Ricardo Teixeira has resigned from the CBF
presidency.

'I hope that the new president Jose Maria Marin, who stole a medal from a
Corinthians player during the Copa Sao Paulo de Juniores, does not make
that a habit in the Confederation. Sir, now we have to exterminate the
Aids.'

Bebeto"s celebration son makes Flamengo debut

Bebeto's boy still rocks! 18 years after THAT celebration, Matheus makes his Flamengo debut

It is one of the iconic moments of recent World Cups, an enduring image since recreated by countless others with a claim to being the daddy of all goalscorers.

Bebeto had just fired Brazil in front in their quarter-final against Holland, and responded by beckoning team-mates Romario and Mazinho to the touchline for a carefully-choreographed cradle-rocking routine, in honour of his new-born son Matheus.

Bebeto's boy still rocks! 18 years after THAT celebration, Matheus makes his Flamengo debut

Bebeto's boy still rocks! 18 years after THAT celebration, Matheus makes his Flamengo debut

Like father, like son: Mattheus, a prolific midfielder at youth level, made his Flamengo debut on Friday, aged 17

The goal celebration dates back 18 years, to the 1994 World Cup finals, but is still fresh in Bebeto's mind. All the more so after a remarkable family double earlier this week, when 17-year old Matheus pulled on the same Flamengo colours his famous father used to wear with distinction.

After working his way through the junior ranks, the left-sided midfielder made his debut for Brazil’s most illustrious club in a 0-0 draw against Olaria, with an emotional Bebeto looking on from the stands.

Hard at work: The teenager is very different to his father in terms of playing style

Hard at work: The teenager is very different to his father in terms of playing style

Now a politician, after being voted on to the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro as a Democratic Labour candidate at the 2010 elections, 47-year old Bebeto found himself reliving Dallas ’94, as he sat with 40,000 Flamengo fans in the Engenhao Stadium.

'When I saw Matheus step out on to the pitch, the memories from all those years ago came flooding back,’ he said. ‘It was like a movie being played out in my head. One minute, I’m thinking back to how Mattheus was two days old when I scored against Holland; the next, I’m looking down at him playing professionally for the club I started with.

‘It had an almost surreal element to it, and it was a very emotional experience for me. It’s always the same in these father-son situations. I was the one feeling nervous. He looked calm and in control.

‘I told him all about my Flamengo debut before the game, what to look out for and what to expect. I thought he had a wonderful debut, and at least he did not fall over, like I did on mine!

His own moves: The 17-year-old has no need to replicate his father's famous celebration just yet, so has made up his own

His own moves: The 17-year-old has no need to replicate his father's famous celebration just yet, so has made up his own

‘To think, I started out here, and now he is carrying the same mantle. It was a very proud moment for me. He has all the attributes to carve out a really good career for himself, as long as he works hard and keeps his feet on the ground. I tell him to keep his mind in the right place, but I think that will be easy for him, because he is intelligent and always concentrates on the job in hand.’

Mattheus, a prolific scorer, for a midfielder, at junior level, said: ‘I talk to my father all the time, because he had a great career and is an ideal example for me to follow. He has helped give me peace of mind by telling me not to worry about expectations and just to concentrate on doing my best.’