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BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 23:  Ronaldinho of Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou Stadium on December 23, 2007 in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona lost 'El Clasico'  1-0.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira 
Soccer Player · Barca Legends

 

Ronaldinho

Facts

Full name Ronaldo de Assis Moreira

Nickname Ronaldinho, Ronaldinho Gaúcho, Ronnie

Nationality Brazil

Position Left wing / Offensive middle / Forward

Club Barca Legends

Born March 21, 1980 (Age 36)

Height 1.81 m

Salary from the club

value

Titles: 16

Official matches played in total (Teams): 97

Official goal scored in total (Teams): 33

Official matches played in total (Club): 440

Official goal scored in total (Club): 167

Ronaldinho – “The man who gave Barca the smile back”

 

In 1980, the football genius Ronaldinho was born, who in his fledgling career turning out for the Brazilian club Gremio. An inspired boy who brought joy to the people with his sparkling play. Ronaldinho grew up in the city of Porto Alegre in southern Brazil, and his idol as a child, was his father João de Assis Moreira, who himself was a professional soccer player. His father unfortunately died when Ronaldinho was just eight years old, but maybe that was it that lit the spark for Ronaldinho, who dream to follow his idol.

Ronaldinho played football since he was very young, and looked through his whole career a man who had fun with the ball. Indicating why he was as popular as he is today, when his playing style was very unique. Every time he touched the ball, he almost ball to smile, and the football gods were happy. No one considered it better than Ronaldo de Assis, when he caressed the ball with his feet like a true number 10, like legends Zico, Pele, Rivelino and especially Garrincha.

As a young man compared to him already with Maradona and Ronaldinho also followed in Argentineans footsteps and became number 10 for Barcelona.

Ronaldinho was the king of Catalonia, as he Barca unfolded in the best way. Here, he dribbled and stunned the football world like no other before him, and with his Brazilian Jogo Bonito games, he showed the world that he was number 1. Ronaldinho Gaúcho as he was called became world famous, and the Brazilian “Ginga” shone through him. Just like Romario and Ronaldo Nazario had opponents always kept a close eye on him, but no one could follow when he displayed his spectacular dribble shows. His heel-passes and tricks were electric; he proved he could do everything.

Even in Madrid Ronaldinho was well liked, and it belongs otherwise to the rare events, since he played for Barca. When Barcelona thus came to visit the Santiago Bernabeu on Nov. 19, 2005, for the season’s first El Clásico played Ronaldinho one of his best games for Barcelona, ​​who won 3-0. He also scored two fantastic goals in this battle against the “Galacticos”, and subsequently received standing ovations from Real Madrid supporters. This was one of the major achievements in football and Real Madrid supporters also showed their class in the situation. Ronaldinho has his fans in Brazil probably most appreciated for his free kick from 35 meters against England for the World Cup in 2002 that sent Brazil advance to semifinals.

Personal life

 

Ronaldinho has always been a joyful man and he has not changed in any way even after becoming a professional footballer in Europe, according to his family as he has always had a very close relationship. During that time he played in Barcelona, ​​he lived with his family in a villa in the town of Castelldefels about 20 km from Barcelona. Ronaldinho often invited his friends, teammates and guests at the barbecue here, and his house was also mentioned often in the media as a place where held many celebrations.

In 2005, Ronaldinho a son with the Brazilian dancer Janiana Mendes as they called João, named after his father.

Ronaldinho has since he stopped playing football in 2015 traveled all around the world, where he has made various sponsorship work and participated in TV shows, and remains popular in almost all over the world.

 

In February 2017 Ronaldinho turned back to FC Barcelona, ​​where he was hired as FC Barcelona ambassador. Here’s his job to represent FC Barcelona at various events, just as he must play at FC Barcelona’s Old Boys team “Barca Legends”.

Ronaldinho’s goal against England at the World Cup 2002, who knocked a Brazilian commentator off the chair, when he broke out GOLAAAAZOOOOOOOOO!

Senior Career:

Fluminense (2015-2015)

Querétaro (2014-2015)

Atlético Mineiro (2012-2014)

Flamengo (2011-2012)

AC Milan (2008-2011)

FC Barcelona (2003-2008)

Paris Saint Germain (2001-2003)

Gremio (1998-2001)

Youth Career:

Gremio (1987-1998)

Club career

Ronaldinho played football from a  very early age, and when he was 8 years old he began to show his special abilities. He was nicknamed “Ronaldinho” as he mostly was the youngest and the smallest player on the pitch. In addition to traditional football fans Ronaldinho cared much for beach soccer and futsal, undoubtedly marking his technical ability with the ball. Ronaldinho was first mentioned in the media, when he was 13 years old. Here Ronaldinho won with his football team 23-0 against another local team, and Ronaldinho scored all 23 goals in the match.

Gremio

 Ronaldinho’s brother Roberto was even a professional football player, and when he was offered a contract at the club Gremio, Ronaldinho started also in the club on a child restrained. Here Ronaldinho played throughout his youth, and he broke into the senior team where he made his debut in 1998 at age 17. The following year he scored 23 goals in 48 matches, and had with his entertaining style of play attracted interest from Europe.

Paris Saint Germain

In 2001 bought PSG Ronaldinho 5 million. €, and gave him a five-year contract. Here was Ronaldinho jersey no. 21, but got years after number 10. The time in PSG was characterized by the game never really got up to speed, and this was possibly due Ronaldinho’s dispute with coach Luis Fernández.

FC Barcelona

The Board of Barcelona as somewhat promising in Ronaldinho and bought him in 2003 from PSG at a transfer sum of 30 million. €. He then played the club for five years and is considered by many as one of the best players in Barcelona ever. With his game enthralled, he gained millions of football fans. He scored a total of 110 goals in 250 matches for the club.

Ronaldinho debuted in a friendly match against Sevilla, where he also scored his first goal. Ronaldinho received the ball in their half of its keeper, and then dribbled past two players before from 30 meters slapped the ball into the underside of the bar, and so was his Barcelona career otherwise started. Ronaldinho ran however, in an injury that kept him out for the first half of the season, but came back halfway through the season and scored 15 goals.

The following year, in the 2004-05 season won Ronaldinho the first La Liga title, and Ronaldinho’s fame grew with his entertaining game. Ronaldinho won last year at the FIFA World Player of the Year.

2005-06 season was enough Ronaldinho’s best season in club football when he went and won the FIFA World Player of the Year for the second year in a row, and he also won his first and only Ballon d’Or. It was also during this season Barcelona won the Champions League for the second time since they won 2-1 against Arsenal in the final in Paris. Barcelona won in this year also the Spanish Championship for the second year in a row, and Ronaldinho scored a total of 26 in the season across all competitions. The following year, Ronaldinho scored using a scissor kick against Villareal, later stating he dreamed of scoring since he was a boy. Ronaldinho’s last two seasons was characterized by one Ronaldinho was a little too fond of the nightlife of Barcelona, ​​and it also appeared on the football field. He, however, had already secured a place in the hearts of all Barcelona fans, and when he was sold was a new heir to the throne ready for Barcelona.

AC Milan

AC Milan bought in summer 2008 Ronaldinho 24 million. € where he played for 2.5 seasons before he switched back to Brazilian football. He played in all 76 matches and scored 20 goals.

Back to Brazil

In January 2011 changed Ronaldinho to Flamengo, where he only played in five months before he terminated his contract due to non-payment of wages. Then he switched to Atlético Mineiro, where he played for two seasons before he moved on to the Mexican team Querétaro for a season. Then he took in July 2015 back to Fluminense, where he only managed to play nine matches before he terminated the contract in September. Ronaldinho called a meeting with the board of Fluminense, where he explained to them that he did not feel he longer be able to play as well as he would.

 

International career

Ronaldinho and Brazil won the first U17 World Cup in 1997 held in Egypt, where Brazil scored 21 goals, and closed two goals throughout the tournament.

He made his senior debut June 26, 1999 in a friendly against Latvia, three days before the Copa America started where he scored one goal in total. That summer he played and Brazil Confederations Cup, which Brazil lost 4-3 to Mexico in the final. Ronaldinho won here “The Golden Ball Award” and “The Golden Boot Award” (Top scorer in the tournament).

In 2002, Ronaldinho in his first World Cup held in Japan and Korea, where he formed frontrio with Ronaldo and Rivaldo, who together was called “the three Rs”. Brazil won the World Cup and the final Round Top goal stood Ronaldinho as he quarterfinal kicked a free kick from 35 meters into the net, and thereby beat England out. In the finals played Brazil against Germany, where Brazil won 2-0, and thus secured the country’s fifth world title a record.

Brazil’s next success came in 2005 when the team with Ronaldinho as captain won the Confederations Cup for the second time in its history. In the final, won Brazil 4-1 Argentina, where Ronaldinho was named to the game play.

 

Playing style

Ronaldinho has always played football for one single reason. Namely because he thought it is fun, and it shone through clearly in his style of play. Ronaldinho possessed a great technique that got everything he did to see snap off. He had the Brazilians call “ginga”, which can best be described as a rhythm in the game where dribbling and body feints, impulsive creativity and fluent game goes into a higher unity. “Ginga” is the opposite of boring, and the opposite of mechanical football, but instead it’s about having fun with it, and dance the samba with it.

International Titles

World Cup winner in 2002 (Brazil)

Copa America winner 1999 (Brazil)

Confederations Cup winner 2005 (Brazil)

Confederations Cup silver winner in 1999 (Brazil)

 

Club Titles

Gremio

Rio Grande do Sul State Championship 1999

 

FC Barcelona

La Liga 2005, 2006

Spanish Super Cup 2005, 2006

Champions League 2006

 

AC Milan

2011 Series A

 

Flamengo

Taca Guanabara 2011

Taca Rio 2011

 

Atletico Mineiro

Campeonato Mineiro 2013

Copa Libertadores 2013

Recopa Sudamericana 2014

Bola de Ouro Award 2012

 

Individual titles

FIFA World Player of the Year 2005, 2006

Ballon d’Or 2006

UEFA Best Player in Europe 2006

Bola de Ouro Award 2012

FIFA 100

La Liga Ibero-American Player of the Year 2004

World Soccer Magazine World Player of The Year 2004, 2005

Onze d’Or 2005

UEFA Club Best Forward 2004-05

UEFA Team of the Year 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06

ESM Team of the Year 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06

Don Balón Award 2003-04, 2005-06

FIFPro World XI 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07

Golden Foot 2009

Rio Grande do Sul State Championship Top Scorer: 1999

 

FIFA Confederations Cup Bronze Ball 2005

FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2002

CONMEBOL But the Pre-Olympic Tournament Top Scorer: 2000

FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Ball: 1999

FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Shoe 1999

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