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Ronaldinho: Everyone said I was finished

The former Barcelona and AC Milan star was delighted to have joined a prestigious group of players to win both the Copa Libertadores and Champions League.

Ronaldinho has voiced his delight with Atletico Mineiro's hard-fought Copa Libertadores win over Olimpia and has hit back at his critics who claimed the forward was in decline.

Mineiro was beaten 2-0 in the first leg of the final in Paraguay but turned things around in the return leg, as goals from Jo and Leonardo Silva leveled the tie before the Brazilians ultimately triumphed on penalties.

"This is the reason why I returned to Brazil. This is the one trophy that was still missing," Ronaldinho told Reuters. "Everyone said that I was finished and that my time was over. Let them talk now ..."

Wednesday's victory saw Ronaldinho join an elite group consisting of Cafu, Roque Junior, Dida, Carlos Tevez, Walter Samuel and Pablo Sorin to have lifted both the Champions League and Copa Libertadores trophies.

The 33-year-old won European club football's elite competition with Barcelona in 2005-06.

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