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9 days to go: Ronaldinho and Blanco's goalscoring feats


Brazil’s Ronaldinho and Mexico’s Cuauhtemoc Blanco are the joint top scorers at the Confederations Cup with nine goals each, the former managing the feat over three tournaments while the latter did it in just two.

The FIFA Confederations Cup 1999 final actually pitted the two forwards against each other. Ronaldinho won the Golden Ball for best player that year but was unable to find the net in the decider, unlike his rival. It took the Brazilian legend six more years to equal Blanco’s record, which he did by scoring in the 4-1 final win against Argentina in 2005.

Interestingly, two thirds of the Mexican striker’s goals at the Tournament of Champions came against Saudi Arabia: a brace in 1997 and four two years later. Blanco’s most important strikes for his country were against USA in the semi-final in 1999 and then in the 4-3 win against Brazil in the final, helping Mexico to the biggest triumph in their history. 

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