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Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (Ronaldo)
Football player · Retired

Facts

Full name: Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima

Nicknames O Fenómeno, Il Fenomeno, R 9, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo

Nationality: Brazilian

Position: Forward

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Born September 18, 1976 (Age 40)

Height 1.83 m

Salary from the club

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Titles: 17

Official matches played in total (Teams): 98

Official goal scored in total (Teams): 64

Official matches played in total (Club): 501

Official goal scored in total (Club): 340

Ronaldo “O Fenomeno”

Popularly called “The Phenomenon” during his stay with Inter, he is seen and remembered by many as the best full-blooded attack in history. Ronaldo was a true no. 9, and he was faster with the ball than most people were outside. As Zinedine Zidane said it; “When Ronaldo had the ball, he ran 2,000 km / h. In most cases, you are quick off the ball. He was quick with it. ”

Everyone could see from the time he was small, he was a natural. In addition to his speed, Ronaldo possessed a brilliant technique and his dribbling and sharp endings were what made him the deadly attack, which he was.

Throughout his career, he achieved to participate to four World Cup finals, which he won two of them. He was voted the world’s best footballer three times and is the only player in history who has played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid and Inter Milan and AC Milan.

Ronaldo sadly ran into a serious knee injury in Inter, the Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has spoken about; “If it were not for his injury, I think he would be mentioned in the same category as Pele and Maradona. He had all the skills to be the best ever. He was like an alien, because of the things he did on the field.”

 

Childhood

Ronaldo was born and grew up in the city of Itaguai about 50 km from Rio de Janeiro. When he was 11 his parents divorced, and he dropped shortly after leaving school to seek a career as a professional footballer. Ronaldo started to play futsal team at Social Ramos, before the age of 14 moved to the football club São Cristóvão, where he was discovered by his future football agents Reinaldo Pitta and Alexandre Martins. The two agents acquired Ronaldo a professional contract in the football club Cruzeiro in Belo Horizonte.

Personal life

Ronaldo is the co-owner of 9ine which is a sport marketing company, and the football club Fort Lauderdale Strikers which is playing in the American league NASL. He has got 4 children, and his first boy was born on April 6, 20014, and he called him Ronald.

Ronaldo also participated in the organizing committee of the World Cup in Brazil 2014 and 2016 Olympics in Rio. After the Olympics, Ronaldo was hired as a global ambassador in Real Madrid as an adviser for Real Madrid president Florentino Peréz.

Seniorkarriere: 

Corinthians (2009-2011)
AC Milan (2007-2008)
Real Madrid (2002-2007)
Internazionale FC (1997-2002)
FC Barcelona (1996-1997)
PSV Einhoven (1994-1996)
Cruzeiro (1993-1994)

Ungdomskarriere: 

Sao Cristóvao (1990-1993)

Club Career

Cruzeiro
In 1993 wrote Ronaldo in with Cruzeiro, and he was like just 16-year-old debut in the senior team. Ronaldo led Cruzeiro to the club’s first Copa do Brasil title in his debut season when he was first mentioned in the media as he in a match against Bahia scored 5 goals. The following year the team won Minas Gerais State Championship. Ronaldo at 17-years old scored 57 goals in 59 matches.

PSV Eindhoven
At 17 he moved to PSV of Eindhoven, where Frank Arnesen, who at the time was sports director of the club, had scouted him. Ronaldo flourished quickly, and was league top scorer in both seasons he played there, with a total of 54 goals in 58 matches.

FC Barcelona
In 1996 Barcelona bought Ronaldo, in what turned out to be Ronaldo’s best season in which he again was league top scorer. Here, he held his scoring average of almost a goal per. battle, and many of the goals were spectacular. Ronaldo solomål against Compostela, where he won the ball in the middle of the field, and ongoing down and scored, regarded by many as one of his best goals at all.

One of Ronaldo’s best goals for Barcelona.

The day after this goal was the headline in the Spanish sports newspaper AS “Pele Returns”. Ronaldo scored a total of 47 goals in 49 appearances for Barca and won the Copa del Rey, the Spanish Supercup and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup. After his one season for Barcelona, ​​he was awarded the FIFA World Player of the Year price as the youngest player ever, as just 21 years old. A record standing to this day.

Barcelona was interested in retaining Ronaldo and former Barcelona president Joesp Lluis Núnes. The press revealed that Barcelona was determined to tie Ronaldo to the club for life. However, contract negotiations broke along as the parties could not agree, and Inter triggered Ronaldo for  €29 million.

Internazionale FC
In 1997, Ronaldo transferred to Inter, and he had no trouble adjusting to the more tactical embossed and defensive style that was played in Italy. He ended his first season in second place on the leaderboard, and won for the second consecutive FIFA World Player of the Year the price, and also received the Ballon d’Or price. Inter fans loved him, and the Italian sports press dubbed him “Il Fenomeno” (The Phenomenon). Season after running Ronaldo into his serious knee injury that cost him nearly three seasons when the injury several times broke up.

Ronaldo, however, had the right winning mentality, and after nearly three years of injury hell, he was ready just in time for the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan. Ronaldo delivered here a true comeback that was worthy of Hollywood, when he went and won the World Cup with Brazil. In the process he became the tournament’s top scorer with eight goals, two of which were in the final against Germany, which was won 2-0.

The king of football had returned, and he won for the third time FIFA World Player of the Year the price. His comeback as football king had created great interest in Real Madrid, where president Florentino Pérez as Ronaldo as the perfect enhancement to its already exuberant “Galacticos” crew.

Real Madrid
In 2002 Real Madrid bought Ronaldo for €45 million, and the “Galacticos” era of Zidane, Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos, Raúl and David Beckham was created. He was immediately successful in the club, which went on to win La Liga, Copa del Rey and the Intercontinental Cup in his first season.

Season after Real Madrid were well on the way to winning “The Treble”, after Ronaldo scored a hat trick against Manchester United at Old Trafford, and thus qualified Real Madrid to the semifinals of the Champions League. Ronaldo was in this battle was replaced in the 80th minute when he received standing ovations from both sides fans.

Ronaldo was unfortunately injured towards the end of the season and Real Madrid lost then the Copa del Rey final, were knocked out of the Champions League and lost ground in the league, as Valencia CF ended up winning. Ronaldo was despite his injury still league top scorer with 25 goals.

Ronaldo scored a total of 83 official goals in 127 matches for Real Madrid.

AC Milan
In 2007 bought AC Milan Ronaldo, but time in Milan was characterized by Ronaldo’s  injury problems. He managed only 300 minutes of Serie A football for Milan in his one season at the club. His knee injury broke up again in February 2008 in an air duel against AS Livorno that ended his season. Ronaldo scored anyway 9 goals in 20 matches.

More than eighteen months after Ronaldo’s knee injury, he signed a one-year contract with Corinthians, and thus turned back to Brazil. Here Ronaldo led Corinthians to the Campeonato Palista title and the Copa do Brasil, and scored 18 goals in 31 matches.

 

International career

Ronaldo made his debut on Brazil U17 national team in 1993, and here he scored 5 goals in 7 matches. In 1996 he played U23 football, scoring 6 goals in 8 matches.

He made his debut alongside the A national team in 1994 and was also selected for the 1994 World Cup in the United States. Here he does not play in the tournament, which Brazil won. He got this nickname Ronaldinho, meaning “Little Ronaldo” in Portuguese. The reason was that his older teammate Ronaldo Rodrigues de Jesus was also active during the World Cup 1994, he was called “Ronaldão” meaning “Great Ronaldo”.

Ronaldo was shortly after a regular on the team sheet, and won by Brazil Copa America in 1997 and 1999, where he was top scorer in 1999.

At the 1998 World Cup, Ronaldo was 21 years old and journalists had already before the tournament touted him as the big star. Ronaldo was also then already the world’s very best player, and scored during the tournament four goals and made three assists. Brazil played out thus in the final, where France had home advantage waited.

But when it all had to be decided on July 12 at the Stade de France in Paris, got the media 5 neighborhood before kick awarded starting lineup are, and here was Ronaldo not on the team sheet. This was a novelty sensation, and the world’s media went into overdrive, and tried to explain what had happened. Half an hour before kick got the journalists be given a new starting lineup, and this was Ronaldo in the starting line-up.

Shortly before kick-off came Ronaldo almost tottering onto the court. There was no glow in his eyes, and his boyish smile that exposed his characteristic gap between the front teeth, was totally absent. He contributed absolutely nothing in his then main battle ever. France won the match 3-0 and was crowned world champion.

Media around the world discussed and analyzed the situation for a long time after.

The truth was that Ronaldo on the final day at. 14 passed out of the hotel room. Ronaldo was flying during the finals, but the tremendous pressure on his shoulders walked him to such a degree that he repeatedly broke down crying of uncertainty, Roberto Carlos later told.

Brazil coach ordered Ronaldo studied at a private clinic when he woke up, but there was as always heavy traffic in Paris and only at 18, he arrived in medical clinic. Here Ronaldo was studied in a half hour before he arrived at the stadium at 20:10, only 50 minutes before a match. Here he went straight to the coach Zagallo and volunteered fit for fight.

Up to the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan had Ronaldo struggled with his serious knee injury for several years, but was finally reported ready. Here he made his legendary comeback and scored against all opponents except against England in the quarterfinals. He scored a total of eight goals, including two of the goals came in the final, which Brazil won 2-0 over Germany. After finals Real Madrid bought him.

In December 2002, Ronaldo his third title as the “FIFA World Player of the Year,” and he dedicated the trophy to the medical team that made sure he was his serious knee injury quits.

Ronaldo participated in his fourth World Cup in 2006, scoring three goals. Thus he took over the record for players with the most World Cup goals ever in front of Gerd Müller. The record held until 2014, when Miroslav Klose took over the record (16 goals).

 

Playing style

Ronaldo was unstoppable, and gave throughout his career many defenders sleepless nights. Ronaldo was a clean bomb dribble at speed, play that clinical terminations combined with an aggressive determination. A player who always had front-kick, and went directly to the attack against his opponent and went wide. Despite his speed, he was still physically strong, which just made it even more difficult for the defender to curb him.

His core competence was his phenomenal dribbling and his coolness in front of goal, and cover him up was almost impossible. It felt defender Alessandro Nesta in each case.

“The worst experience I’ve ever had, was to face Ronaldo when we (Lazio) played against Inter in the UEFA Cup final in 1998 in Paris. He’s a great player. I have since seen the match on video many times to try to find out what I did wrong. We lost 3-0, but I no longer believe it was my fault. Ronaldo is simply unstoppable. He is so quick that he gets everyone else to look as if they stand still. “- Alessandro Nesta

Many consider Ronaldo to be the best striker ever, the best “9”. His constant knee injuries inhibited, however, his career, and one can only guess what else he could have done if his knees had been more with him.

Ronaldo’s International Titles

World Cup Gold 1994, 2002 (Brazil)

World Cup Gold 1998 (Brazil)

FIFA Confederations Cup Gold 1997 (Brazil)

Copa America Gold 1997, 1999 (Brazil)

Copa America Silver 1995 (Brazil)

Olympics Bronze 1996 (Brazil)

Ronaldo’s Club Titles

Cruzeiro
Minas Gerais State Championship 1994

Copa do Brasil 1993

PSV Einhoven
KNVB Beker 1996

FC Barcelona
UEFA Super Cup 1997
Copa Del Rey 1997
Supercopa de Espana 1997

Inter
UEFA Cup 1998

Real Madrid
UEFA Super Cup 2002
Intercontinental Cup 2002
La Liga 2003, 2007
Supercopa de Espana 2003

Corinthians
Copa do Brasil 2009
Campeonato Paulista 2009

Ronaldo’s Individual titles

FIFA World Player of the Year (3): 1996, 1997, 2002

Ballon d’Or (2): 1997, 2002

 

FIFA World Cup Golden Boot (1): 2002

Copa América Top Scorer (1): 1999

European Golden Boot (1): 1996–97

Pichichi Trophy (2) 1996–1997, 2003-2004

UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Top Goal Scorer (1): 1996–1997

Supercopa Libertadores Top Scorer (1): 1993–94

Campeonato Mineiro Top Scorer (1): 1993–94

Eredivisie Top Scorer (1): 1994–95

FIFA World Cup Golden Ball (1): 1998

 

Real Madrid Team of the century

France Football (magazine): Starting eleven of all time (2007)

Serie A Player of the Decade: 1997–2007

Brazil national football team Hall of Fame: 2006

Honor of Brazilian Football Confederation: 2010

Real Madrid Hall of fame: 2011

Italian Football Hall of Fame: 2015

Campeonato Paulista Best Player (1): 2009

Supercopa Libertadores Team of The Year (1): 1993-04

Trofeo EFE La Liga Ibero-American Player of the Year (2): 1996–97, 2002–03

Copa América Final Most Valuable Player (1): 1997

Copa América Most Valuable Player (1): 1997

FIFA Confederations Cup Bronze Boot (1): 1997

FIFA Confederations Cup All-Star Team (1): 1997

UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Final Most Valuable Player (1): 1997

Copa América All-Star Team (2): 1997, 1999

Bravo Award (2): 1997, 1998

Onze d’Or (2): 1997, 2002

FIFA XI (2): 1997, 1998

Serie A Footballer of the Year (1): 1997–98

Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year (1): 1997–98

UEFA Cup Final Most Valuable Player (1): 1998

UEFA Club Footballer of the Year (1): 1997–98

UEFA Club Best Forward (1): 1997–98

FIFA World Cup All-Star Team (2): 1998, 2002

FIFA World Player of the Year – Silver award (1): 1998

FIFA World Cup Silver Ball (1): 2002

UEFA Team of the Year (1): 2002

Laureus World Sports Awards Comeback of the Year (1): 2002

Strogaldo De Legendary Award (1): 2002

FIFA World Player of the Year – Bronze award (1): 2003

FIFA World Cup Bronze Boot (1): 2006

Golden Foot award (1): 2006

Ronaldo’s Records

Youngest Ballon d’Or winner in the history (21 years)

Second most scoring player at the World Cup ever (15 goals) after Miroslav Klose (16)

Second most goals in the history (62 goals) after Pelé (77 goals)

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