Soccer player Ronaldo starred for the Brazilian national team và several European clubs over the course of a career that spanned nearly two decades.

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Who Is Ronaldo?

Ronaldo established himself as an unstoppable scorer for European soccer teams in the mid-1990s. He bounced back from a disappointing finish lớn the 1998 World Cup và a series of knee injuries lớn lead Brazil khổng lồ victory in the 2002 World Cup, và retired in 2011 as one of the game's all-time greats.

Early Life

Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima was born on September 18, 1976, in Itaguaí, Brazil. His parents, Nélio Nazário de Lima và Sônia dos Santos Barata, separated when he was 11, and Ronaldo dropped out of school shortly afterward to pursue a soccer career.


Ronaldo joined the Social Ramos indoor soccer team at the age of 12 before moving on khổng lồ São Cristóvão, where he was discovered by his future agents, Reinaldo Pitta and Alexandre Martins. The two arranged for the sale of their new client's contract to lớn Cruzeiro, a professional club in the đô thị of Belo Horizonte.

Professional Soccer Player

Ronaldo showcased his impressive goal-scoring ability for Cruzeiro, helping the club to lớn its first Brazil Cup championship in 1993. The talented 17-year-old was named to lớn the Brazilian national team for the 1994 World Cup in the United States, though he watched from the bench as his countrymen won the Cup.


Ronaldo hit the ground running when his contract was sold khổng lồ PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands in 1994, averaging nearly a goal per trò chơi against top-notch European competition. Two years with PSV Eindhoven were followed by one with FC Barcelona and then a move lớn Inter Milan, a four-year period in which Ronaldo twice won FIFA World Player of the Year and carried his teams to lớn victory in the Dutch và Spanish Super Cups.

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During his peak, Ronaldo possessed an unstoppable combination of speed and power, equally capable of plowing through defenders as he was of nimbly sidestepping their attacks và accelerating away. Adding lớn his aura was an aversion khổng lồ practicing và training hard, an attitude that did little khổng lồ stem his dominance.


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Big things were expected from Ronaldo và Brazil in the 1998 World Cup in France, but while he was named the Golden Ball winner as the Cup's best player, the tournament ended on a sour lưu ý when Ronaldo suffered a convulsive fit before the final và was ineffective in a 3-0 loss khổng lồ the host country. Bigger setbacks followed when Ronaldo ruptured a knee tendon in November 1999 và reinjured the knee five months later, knocking him out of kích hoạt for almost two years.


Ronaldo made a triumphant return in time for the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan, netting eight goals to lớn win the Golden Boot Award as the Cup's đứng đầu scorer while leading Brazil its fifth world championship. Ronaldo transferred khổng lồ Real Madrid that fall, winning the FIFA World Player of the Year Award a third time before leading his new club khổng lồ La Liga and Spanish Super Cup championships in 2003.


Ronaldo appeared in one final World Cup for Brazil in 2006. Although Brazil was bounced in the quarterfinals by France, Ronaldo scored three times khổng lồ set a record with 15 career goals in World Cup play.

Ronaldo transferred khổng lồ AC Milan in 2007, but in 2008 he sustained another serious knee injury & his contract was not renewed after the season. The Brazilian legend returned khổng lồ his home country in 2009 to play for Corinthians, helping them lớn victories in the Campeonato Paulista league và Brazil Cup that year, before announcing his retirement in February 2011.

Post-Career and Legacy

Ronaldo is recognized as one of the best soccer players in history. In 2004, he was named lớn the FIFA 100, a danh sách of the greatest living players compiled by the legendary Pelé, và in 2010, he was deemed Goal.com's "Player of the Decade."

Often criticized for not training hard as a pro athlete, Ronaldo mix himself up for an active post-playing career by founding 9ine, a sports marketing agency. He also joined the organizing committees for the Brazil-based năm trước World Cup and 2016 Olympics, ensuring that he would remain an influential figure in Brazilian sports and international affairs for years khổng lồ come.

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