In a match-winning performance, Ronaldinho embarrassed Internacional's Brazilian legend and 1994 World Cup-winning captain Dunga, flicking the ball over his head on one occasion, and leaving him flat-footed in a mazy dribble on another.In 2001, Arsenal expressed interest in signing Ronaldinho, but the move collapsed after he could not obtain a work permit because he was a non-EU player who had not played enough international matches.On 16 March 2002, he recorded a double in PSG's 3–1 victory against relegation strugglers Troyes.Ronaldinho was also influential in the 2001–02 Coupe de la Ligue, helping PSG reach the semi-finals where they were eliminated by Bordeaux.After returning from the winter break, Ronaldinho went on a tear, scoring a goal in four consecutive matches to open the new campaign.
The season that followed is considered one of the best in his career as he was instrumental in Barcelona winning the UEFA Champions League, their first in fourteen years, as well as another La Liga title, giving Ronaldinho his first career double.
He played mostly as an attacking midfielder, but was also deployed as a forward or a winger.
He played the bulk of his career at European clubs Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Milan as well as playing for the Brazilian national team.
Ronaldinho scored three goals in the tournament, taking his total to a record-tying nine goals, making him the competition's joint all-time leading goalscorer.
Having achieved success at club and international level, Ronaldinho is one of seven players to have won the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the Ballon d'Or.
Ronaldinho spent the majority of the first few months of the 2001–02 season alternated between the bench and starter's role.