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Ronaldo

Ronaldo
 
Complete Name: Luís Nazário de Lima Ronaldo
Nationality: Brazilian
Place of Birth: Rio de Janeiro
Date of Birth: 22/09/1976
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 83 kg
National Team: Brazil
Current Club: Real Madrid CF (Spain)
Position: Foward
 

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Club career history

Social Ramos Club (Brazil), São Cristóvão de Futebol e Regatas (Brazil), Cruzeiro Belo Horizonte (Brazil), PSV Eindhoven (Holland), FC Barcelona (Spain), Inter Milan (Italy), Real Madrid (Spain)
 

Honours

1990-1991 UEFA Most Valuable Player: 1998
FIFA World Cup
2002 Golden Boot - 8 goals
2002 Silver Ball - 2nd Best Player
2002 - Winner
1994 - Winner
1998 Golden Ball - Best Player
Copa América: 1997, 1999
UEFA Cup: 1998
Cup Winners' Cup: 1997
Dutch Cup: 1996
La Liga - Primera División champions: 2003
Intercontinental Cup: 2002
European Super Cup: 2002
 

Biography

Ronaldo (b. September 22, 1976 in Bento Ribeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), simply known as Ronaldo, is a Brazilian footballer (he also has Spanish nationality) who plays as a forward for Brazil and Real Madrid. He has been nicknamed O Fenômeno ("The Phenomenon"). Ronaldo's speed, dribbling ability and scoring instincts have made him one of the best strikers of the modern era.


Early life

Ronaldo was born in Bento Ribeiro, a poor neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro, in 1976. Like many of his contemporaries, he began to play soccer in the streets of his neighbourhood. In 1982, he scored a goal against his neighborhood's biggest rivals, the Pico dela Mirandona Neighborhood District.


Football career

Ronaldo's footballing abilities were first recognised when he was 14. He was recommended to the Brazil youth team by World Cup winner Jairzinho, who also arranged for his own former club, Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, to sign the boy when he was old enough for a professional contract.

In 1993, at the age of 16, Ronaldo already had scored 59 goals in 57 matches for Brazil's under-17 squad. By 1994 he had joined the national senior squad, although he did not actually play in the 1994 World Cup in the United States. During World Cup '94, he was given the name "Ronaldinho", to distinguish him from Ronaldão in the squad.


European career

Ronaldo's European career began when he joined PSV Eindhoven for the 1994-1995 season. He became the Dutch top scorer and attracted the attention of Spain's FC Barcelona. He played for Barça in the 1996-1997 season, scoring 34 goals in 37 appearances, then transferred to Inter Milan the following year.

Voted the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1996 and 1997, he had a comparatively disappointing performance during the 1998 World Cup, scoring only four goals. Brazil lost the final to the hosts France after he suffered a mysterious fit the night before. Some questioned the decision to play Ronaldo in the final because of the possible physiological aftereffects of the fit. This was the start of a career nightmare for the striker lasting nearly four years.

A year later, he severely injured his right knee and was out of the game for several months. During his first comeback in 2000, he managed to play only seven minutes during a league game against Lazio before injuring his knee for a second time.

After two operations and twenty months of rehabilitation, Ronaldo managed a comeback during the 2002 World Cup. Later in 2002 he was awarded the title of World Player of the Year for the third time, and transferred from Inter Milan to Real Madrid for £27,000,000, after frequent disputes with Inter Milan coach Héctor Cúper. His transfer to Madrid was the subject of a media frenzy not just laced with the usual hype because of his reputation, but more so because he was now the third successive 'Galactico' (or superstar) signed in as many years by the Spanish Giants as part of their famously hubristic policy of signing the world's biggest superstar football players in order to maintain their levels of success whilst broadening their reaches of fame.

This move further underlines Ronaldo's image as a "mercenary" who even though got paid a huge amount of money by Inter and been treated with utmost care through his injuries, has left Inter without ever winning them a Championship ("Scudetto").

Ronaldo was such a well known signing that sales of his shirt on the day of his signing alone broke all records the world over. Proof of his fame came with the fact that even though Ronaldo was sidelined through injury until October 2002, fans continued to chant his name in the stands. When Ronaldo finally made his debut and scored the second of his brace from Steve McManaman's pass, it was clear for all to see that the goalscoring Ronaldo of old had returned to club football at last. That same reception was observed on the night of the final game of the season against Athletic Bilbao, where Ronaldo scored yet again to seal his first season with 22 league goals (not including the goals in the UEFA Champions League that included a hat-trick in the away at Manchester United), and most importantly, the coveted La Liga Championship title for 2003, where Ronaldo had previously failed to win whilst at FC Barcelona. In the most recent clash between the bitter rivals, (Real & Barcelona), Ronaldo rushed back from an injury for the sake of this match, which, quite surprisingly, ended in a humiliating defeat for Real. In contrast, Ronaldo's compatriot, Ronaldinho, contributed two goals against Real and subsequently was named as the European Footballer of 2005.

On June 2, 2004, Ronaldo scored an unusual hat-trick for Brazil against arch-rivals Argentina in a CONMEBOL qualifier for the 2006 World Cup. He scored all of Brazil's 3 goals from the penalty spot.

In April 1999, Ronaldo married Milene Domingues. The marriage lasted four years and ended in divorce. The couple had a son, Ronald (born 2000).

In 2005 he got engaged and married Brazilian model and MTV VJ Daniella Cicarelli, who became pregnant but suffered a miscarriage, their relationship lasted only 3 months. He is currently dating model, Raica Oliveira.

All in all, even though Ronaldo enjoyed success (WC 2002) with the overall great Brazilian teams that assisted his goals, he has failed to reach glory in the clubs he played for. Ronaldo never won a championship in Holland nor in Spain nor in Italy. He failed at the "Scudetto Races" against Juventus both at 1998 and 2002, and lost the personal "battle" with Juventus icon Alessandro Del Piero. Many experts and football fans feel that he could have achieved more if he had been more serious. The football world agree that his talent is second to none.


International

Ronaldo made his international debut for Brazil in 1994 against Argentina. He went on to be the top scorer during the 2002 World Cup, winning the Golden Boot after bagging eight goals, two of those in the final against Germany, and equaling Pelé's Brazilian record of 12 World Cup goals, after the four he scored in the 1998 tournament. As of October 2005, he has scored 57 goals in 90 games.
 

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