Loading… The 2005 Ballon d’Or winner who starred for Barcelona and AC Milan during his active playing days clocked 40 on Saturday. Unfortunately, the Brazilian remains behind bars having been arrested in Paraguay after allegedly producing a false passport to enter the South American nation. Nevertheless, the four-time African Player of the Year has reached out to his former Barca teammate in an Instagram video captioned: “Happy birthday my brother.” There, the Cameroonian extolled Ronaldinho’s good virtues while assuring him of his assistance. “Hello brother, I have no words, brother. I don’t even know what to say, we are talking to see how we can encourage you,” said Eto’o in the video.Advertisement “You are my brother, my friend. I can’t imagine what you’re going through. I can only ask you to have the strength and to pray a lot. “I hope that all this can be solved soon because you were frankly a good person and a good friend. From here, the black loves you very much and you can count on me for everything you need. “What I can do, I will do. And if I can’t do it, I’ll ask a friend for the favour.” Together at Camp Nou, Eto’o and Ronaldinho won two Champions League titles, four La Liga, one Copa del Rey and two Supercopa de Espana titles. Rated as one of the greatest footballers of all time, the Brazilian enjoyed a hugely successful playing career spanning 17 years. Read Also:BREAKING: Ronaldo’s Madeira hometown hit by earthquake At international level, he won 97 caps for Brazil, scoring 33 goals, and played a key role during the team’s run to glory at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea-Japan. There, he contributed two goals and was named in the All-Star team. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Samuel Eto’o has posted an emotional birthday message to ‘friend’ and ‘brother’ Ronaldinho. Promoted Content10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them12 Countries With The Most Impressive Technological InnovationsHow Good The CGI Effects In Those Movies Were!10 Albino Animals Who Look Like Ghosts7 Action Movies That’ll Give You An Adrenaline Rush5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made12 Countries With Higest Technology In The World6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth
MANCHESTER (Reuters) – Batsman Steve Smith said retaining the Ashes in England was one to tick off his bucket list after Australia beat their traditional rivals by 185 runs to win the fourth test at Old Trafford on Sunday.England battled tenaciously to try and force an unlikely draw on the final day but Australia eventually bowled them out for 197 to take a 2-1 lead to the Oval and ensure that even a series draw would mean they retain the urn.Former captain Smith, who has endured boos from the home crowds for his role in last year’s ball-tampering scandal but has responded by piling up 671 runs in five innings, said it was incredibly special to retain the Ashes in England, something Australia have not done for 18 years. “It feels amazing to know the urn is coming home,” he told Sky Sports as the celebrations continued around him.“I’ve been here a few times where things haven’t quite gone our way. We haven’t performed to the best of our ability in ‘13 and ‘15 but it was always one I wanted to tick off my bucket list to get the urn over here.”Australia’s attack toiled long and hard all day after England had begun the day 18-2 chasing an unlikely 383 to win. A stubborn ninth-wicket stand between Jack Leach and Craig Overton offered England faint hopes of surviving but part-time spinner Marnus Labuschagne removed Leach before Overton was trapped lbw by Josh Hazlewood.“The boys were getting a bit tired out there but at the start of the day we thought we would have our eight chances and it proved to be the way. England fought incredibly hard and Overton was exceptional and showed great courage,” Smith said. Hazlewood said there had been some anxious moments as England dug in.“The heart was definitely beating fast in that last couple of hours,” he said. “When we got Jos (Buttler) I think we felt we had the time but it was a hell of a last couple of hours.”Australia captain Tim Paine said it had been an emotional triumph, especially after England had snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the third test at Headingley. “The amount of work to retain the Ashes has been enormous and I’m really proud of this group and how we bounced back from Headingley,” he said.“The atmosphere at every ground has been unbelievable. The noise they make here and the passion they have for cricket makes this moment all the more special. We’re thrilled. This is what we came here to do.“We’ll have a bloody good night tonight together and celebrate but we’ll be back on deck next week. We want to win the Ashes 3-1.” England skipper Joe Root said he was proud of his team despite now not being unable to win back the Ashes.“Another great Test match, but it’s bitterly disappointing,” he said. “From today’s point of view, I am really proud.“You learn a lot about your team. Everyone stood up and played bravely. We have seen some wonderful Test cricket and I expect the same at The Oval. “We want to level the series. We have to pick ourselves up and turn up at The Oval.”
The Tipp boss doesn’t believe this will mean that the respective management teams won’t want to ‘show their hand’ ahead of that game. Throw-in at Semple Stadium is at 2 o’clock. Tipp FM’s coverage begins ten minutes beforehand and will be brought to you in association with Alliance Medical, South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel. By the end of this afternoon’s Division 1A clash with Cork at Semple Stadium Michael Ryan’s side could have booked their place in the quarter-finals or be staring down the barrel of a relegation play-off.In order to avoid the latter fate the Premier County will have to get a better result against the Rebels than Galway secure against Waterford at Walsh Park.This afternoon’s encounter in Thurles is also reminder that the Munster Championship Quarter-Final with Cork is edging ever closer.