Ronaldo Luis Nazário De Lima

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

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Who Is Ronaldo?

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

Early Life

Ronalvày 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 Ronalvì chưng dropped out of school shortly afterward to pursue a soccer career.


Ronalvày joined the Social Ramos indoor soccer team at the age of 12 before moving on to lớn São Cristóvão, where he was discovered by his future agents, Reinalvì Pitta và Alexandre Martins. The two arranged for the sale of their new client's contract to 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 lớn its first Brazil Cup championship in 1993. The talented 17-year-old was named to 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.


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

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


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Big things were expected from Ronalbởi vì & 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 note when Ronalvị suffered a convulsive fit before the final và was ineffective sầu in a 3-0 loss to the host country. Bigger setbacks followed when Ronalvị ruptured a knee tendon in November 1999 và reinjured the knee five months later, knocking hlặng out of action for almost two years.


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


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

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

Post-Career & Legacy

Ronalvày is recognized as one of the best soccer players in history. In 2004, he was named lớn the FIFA 100, a menu of the greakiểm tra living players compiled by the legendary Pelé, & in 2010, he was deemed Goal.com's "Player of the Decade."

Often criticized for not training hard as a pro athlete, Ronalvị phối himself up for an active post-playing career by founding 9ine, a sports sale agency. He also joined the organizing committees for the Brazil-based 2014 World Cup và năm 2016 Olympics, ensuring that he would remain an influential figure in Brazilian sports và international affairs for years khổng lồ come.

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