Deportivo legend Djalminha remembers one funny bet he had with Ronaldo Nazario
- Djalminha, an ex-Brazil international, who spent 7 y.ears with Deportivo remembers one bizarre bet he had with Ronaldo Nazario.
- The two agreed to bet on who'd pull off the most nutmegs in Deportivo - Madrid clash.
Djalminha, who used to play for La Coruna from 1997 through 2004 and Ronaldo Nazario are two of the most technically gifted players who'd ever graced La Liga and their penchant for trickery could be seen in full during a clash between Deportivo and Real Madrid back in 2004.
It was Djalminha's last match for La Coruna and the attacking midfielder took the opportunity to challenge Nazario to see who could chalk up the most nutmegs over the 90 minutes.
Ronaldo Nazário— diego (@diegojacobssss) April 22, 2019
1994 World cup
1997 Copa America
1997 Confederations Cup
1997 Uefa Cup Winners Cup
1998 Uefa Cup
1999 Copa América
2002 World Cup
2002 Club World Cup
15 goals in world cups
10 goals in copa america
Speaking to Brazilian television station SporTV Djalminha remembered how Ronaldo won the wager be terrorizing Deportivo's central defender Jorge Andrade: “He was a very good defender for us but that day he pissed me off,” the Brazilian joked.
Djalminha managed only one nutmeg by the time Depor's striker Diego Tristán pulled one past Casillas, giving the Galicians the long-awaited lead, which was solidified by Joan Capdevila in the 68th minute.
Ronaldo Nazario scored 56% (approx) of his career goals before his first significant knee injury, which he suffered a month after his 23rd birthday.— SM (@SMFutboI) March 27, 2019
By 23, he had scored over 200 goals for club and country. pic.twitter.com/HZOM8l90WQ
Djalminha though had lost the bet with Ronaldo, who managed to nutmeg Andrade twice in the final stages of the game.
That season wasn't a particularly bright one for Galacticos, who finished 4th in La Liga while crashing out of the CL in the quarter-final stage. Their only trophy that season was Supercopa de España. It was also the last time Blancos finished below second until 2013–14.