Chaotic scenes welcomed Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho to new club Flamengo as 20,000 fans gathered to greet him.
And such was the supporters' desperation to get into the club's Rio de Janeiro training ground that one of the stadium's 30-foot gates was barged down in a crush of people.
The 30-year-old was presented to fans on Wednesday after recently completing a move to the Brazilian club from AC Milan.
And he received a massive roar from the jubilant throng by announcing that he hopes to force his way back into the national team by the time the World Cup comes to Brazil in 2014.
"That's my objective. I decided to return to Brazil for that," the twice World Player of the Year said.
"Many come back to Brazil only to close out their careers. But after years away from Brazil, the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics have given me motivation to return."
Ronaldinho, who had been based in Europe since 2001, admits that the warmth of his greeting took him by surprise.
"I didn't expect such a big party. I'm proud to have got such a reception and to be compared with Zico," he said.
"I want to take the name of Flamengo as high as possible, winning as many titles as possible and repaying the love of the fans - I want to give them happiness."