Arsenal’s Ashley Cole will be looking to erase from his mind his previousmeeting with Ronaldinho nightmare when he faces the Brazilian in the Champions League final against Barcelona.
Cole admits he was caught out by Ronaldinho when the World Player of the year set up Brazil’s opening goal against England in the 2002 World Cup.
“I’ve fell for one of his stepovers at the World Cup,” said the left-back. “He nearly put me on the floor.
“He is an amazing player but hopefully it brings out the best in you when you play against the best in the world.
“It’s not just Ronaldinho but Eto’o and Deco plus other great players and it is going to be a tough game.”
Arsenal have their own possible match winner in captain Thierry Henry and Cole has praised the striker for his form this season.
“He’s probably had a lot on his mind and to do what he has done he’s been unbelievable,” said Cole.
“He’s a great captain and he gets everybody up for the game which you want your captain to do.
“He’s scores goals and sets them up. What more do you want in a player? He’s a great person as well.”
“You always know he is going to give 100% and you always feel you are going to win the game with him in your side and he has done brilliant this season.
“People say he’s a moaner but he’s nothing like that. He’s a great guy and a great player and a natural born winner.”