I took Ronaldinho to Greggs with Cafu and Dida, he was like a space cadet after Vegas weekend with… – talkSPORT

Paddy McGuinness has the bizarre story that saw him bring three Brazil legends to Greggs on their way to Soccer Aid.

ronaldinho, cafu and Dida are just three of the most iconic stars to ever step foot on a soccer field.


Ronaldinho and Cafu shone at Soccer Aid in 2016


Dida was also there as part of a star-studded Rest of the World team.


After previously working on the Greggs ads, McGuinness took them to a chain of bakery stores.

The trio were part of Brazil’s 2002 World Cup-winning team, with Cafu also lifting the iconic trophy in 1994.

They all made appearances at Old Trafford for Soccer Aid in 2016, where former stars and celebrities come together every year to play a soccer game to raise money for UNICEF UK.

Ronaldinho, Cafu and Dida were on the Rest of the World squad that year and despite needing to prepare for the match, they took a detour to Greggs along the way.

McGuinness, who played for the England team, told Drive: “I once took Ronaldinho, Cafu and Dida for a Greggs.

“Knutsford services, so on game day England travel by coach and the rest of the world on theirs.

“Then they all get together and sometimes someone will throw a ball and do maintenance drills, have a little impromptu kick off in the parking lot.

“Ronaldinho had just come back from a weekend with Mike Tyson in Las Vegas, so you can imagine the state he was in. He was absolutely like a space cadet and I thought, ‘This is my chance.’

“I recently finished the deal with Greggs, I thought, ‘I’m back, the door is open, and I’m bringing you some of the greatest Brazilian team of all time!'”

Ronaldinho was in Sin City with the boxing legend Tyson for the filming of the movie ‘Kickboxer: Retaliation’, where the former plays the character of Ronaldo and the latter Briggs.

The busy weekend didn’t seem to faze Ronaldinho one bit, however, as he showcased his world-class skill to Soccer Aid fans.

During the first half, he made a trademark run and maddened TV presenter Ben Shephard before doing the same to former England international Phil Neville just seconds later.

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Ronaldinho and Tyson starred in a film about kickboxing


Despite retiring a year earlier, Ronaldinho proved to be a star on the pitch.

He played the full 90 minutes and also earned a penalty for his team after being fouled in the box by none other than McGuinness himself.

Cafu and Dida were able to keep clean sheets in their first half appearances but, even with two goals from Dimitar Berbatov, it wasn’t enough to help guide the Rest of the World to victory.

England won 3-2 that night, with former Tottenham star Jermain Defoe scoring twice after Mark Wright’s stunning free-kick.

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