Ronaldinho escapes an accident in Kozhikode

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Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho on Monday is said to have escaped from an accident at Kozhikode in Kerala.

The incident happened after he was returning from a felicitation ceremony at the Nadakaavu Girls Higher Secondary school.

The turn of events were indeed shocking, as the traffic signal post, in front of the school broke off and fell inches away from the car, the sports star was getting into.

On Sunday, Ronaldinho got a tumultuous welcome on his maiden visit to the state with thousands turning out to greet the football wizard.

Ronaldinho is here after being named as the brand ambassador of the Sait Nagjee Football Tournament that is being revived after a gap of 21 years. Even though the tournament is to begin on February 5 here, the organisers have brought in the two-time World Player of the Year to ensure that they get a very strong pre-event publicity.

Arriving from Dubai on Sunday morning at Kochi, Ronaldinho flew in to Kozhikode on a helicopter and here, the football lovers from Kozhikode and Malappuram turned out in huge numbers. After seeing the crowd, the 2002 World Cup-winner first retreated and appeared a while later.