As soon as Breno Lopes scored Palmeiras’ goal at Maracanã, Ron collapsed on the lawn, crying and immediately hugged by his teammates. Assistance came out of the attacker’s feet to secure the Copa Libertadores title against Santos. It was the last chapter of history between the number 11 and the competition, in which he was not elected the best player, but was the most decisive.
Ron participated in 13 goals during the champion campaign: five of them and eight more assists. No other athlete had as much direct influence on goals in this edition as the palmeirense. According to data from the Sofa Score, he is the player with the most participation for goals since the 2010 Libertadores.
Hired at the beginning of the Athletico-PR season for 6 million euros (R $ 28 million at the time), the striker arrived at the top, after a dispute with Corinthians and good performance at Hurricane. The start at Palmeiras, however, was not easy.
Nervous, he was unable to repeat the former club’s level of performance. After the pause due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus, the eyes turned to him, after all Dudu had been negotiated, and Ron became the main option of speed in the cast.
Performance, however, was below expectations. The route began to change precisely for the Libertadores: after 21 matches, the first goal came, finally, for Palmeiras, against Bolívar (BOL).
With Abel Ferreira, Ron went on to become a fundamental piece. He turned to center forward when the team was without Willian and Luiz Adriano and started packing. His best moments came in exhibitions at Libertadores.
The player who was highly criticized by the palmeirense made the fan complain to Conmebol after the announcement that Marinho was elected the best of Libertadores. Rony Rustico, as the announcer Téo José started calling him in the SBT broadcasts, won Palmeiras and showed that, if he was not the replacement for Dudu in fact, he would be responsible for what even ex-shirt 7 did not achieve: take Verdão to the bi of America.