Unlike some of the other all-time greatest to have starred at the World Cup - players like Pelé, Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane - Ronaldinho arguably never had that one standout moment at the tournament.
The former Barcelona superstar was part of a Brazil side that flopped during the 2006 tournament, although he did win the title four years previously in South Korea and Japan.
The closest he came to that one definitive World Cup moment was against England in the quarterfinal in 2002, when an audacious moment of Ronaldinho innovation offered a glimpse of the genius that would follow during the next few years of his career.
Brazil were 1-0 down following Michael Owen's 23rd-minute opener by the time that 'Ronnie' began to stamp his authority on the contest.
He set up the opener when he bamboozled Ashley Cole with a stepover before setting up Rivaldo to net the equaliser.
Five minutes after halftime, he fired Brazil into the lead in sensational fashion, curling a 40-yard free-kick over the stranded David Seaman - who appeared slow to react to the quick-thinking Ronaldinho and his pinpoint delivery.
The playmaker's strike looped over the keeper and into the net as England were dealt a hammer blow from which they never truly recovered.
Both Maradona and Zidane, for example, demonstrated the best and worst of their character on the grandest stage of all, and so Ronaldinho's finest performance in the tournament was also marred by a disciplinary issue.
The attacker was dismissed seven minutes later following a foul on Danny Mills, but returned to take his place alongside Ronaldo and Rivaldo for the final in Yokohama, as Germany were defeated 2-0.
It was as good as it got for Ronaldinho at the World Cup, as the 'magic quartet' flattered to deceive at the 2006 event, and the showman was overlooked for both the 2010 and 2014 editions.
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