Alexander Pato, Internacional’s wunderkid
Ronaldinho has every reason to be cautious when he insisted “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – we’re not the favorites,” Ronaldinho said ahead of Sunday’s final against Internacional of Porto Alegre. “Inter is in great physical shape.”
The record is mixed when it comes to South American clubs against their European counterparts. Last year, Sao Paulo beat heavily favoured Liverpool, 1-0. South American clubs have an edge over European clubs 24-21. La Liga clubs are tied with the Brazilian clubs, 1-1. In 1992, Sao Paulo won against Barcelona 2-1 but Vasco Da Gama lost to Real Madrid in 1998, 1-3.
Fernandao, Internacional’s skipper, the heart and soul of the Colorados
It should be a great match as it potentially pits Barca’s five Brazilian players against Internacional of Porto Alegre. Ronaldinho started his playing career for Internacional’s bitter city rivals, Gremio in 1998.