Ronaldinho

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (born 21 March 1980), commonly known as Ronaldinho Gaucho (Brazilian Portuguese:  simply Ronaldinho, is a Brazilian former professional footballer and ambassador for Barcelona. He played mostly as a forward or a winger. Often considered one of the best players of his generation and regarded by many as one of the greatest of all time, Ronaldinho won two FIFA World Player of the year awards (in 2004 and 2005) and a Ballon d’Or in 2005. A global icon of the sport, he was renowned for his technical skills and creativity; due to his agility, pace and dribbling ability, as well as his use of tricks, feints, overhead kicks, no-look passes and accuracy from free-kicks.

 

Ronaldinho made his career debut for Gremio, in 1998. At age 20, he moved to Paris Saint-Germain in France before signing for Barcelona in 2003. In his second season with Barcelona, he won his first FIFA World Player of the Year award, as Barcelona won the 2004-05 La Liga title. The season that followed is considered one of the best in his career as he was integral in Barcelona winning the UEFA Champions League, their first in fourteen years, as well as another La Liga title, giving Ronaldinho his first career double. After scoring two spectacular solo goals in the first 2005-06 El Clasico, Ronaldinho became the second Barcelona player, after Diego Maradona in 1983, to receive a standing ovation from Real Madrid fans at Santiago Bernabeu. Ronaldinho also received his second FIFA World Player of the Year award, as well as the Ballon d’Or.

Following a second-place La Liga finish to rivals Real Madrid in the 2006-07 season and an injury-plagued 2007-08 season, Ronaldinho departed Barcelona to join Milan. He then returned to Brazil to play for Flamengo in 2011 and Atletico Mineiro a year later where he won the Copa Libertadores, before moving to Mexico to play for Fluminense in 2015. Ronaldinho accumulated numerous other individual awards in his career. He was included in the UEFA Team of the year and the FIFA World XI three times, named UEFA Club Footballer of the Year in 2013, and was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the world’s greatest living players compiled by Pele’.

At international level, Ronaldinho played 97 matches for the Brazil national team, scoring 33 goals and representing his country in two FIFA World Cups. He was an integral part of the 2002 FIFA World Cups. He was an integral part of the two FIFA World Cup winning team in korea and Japan, starring alongside Ronaldo and Rivaldo in an attacking trio, and being named in the FIFA World Cup title in 2005 and was named Man of the Match in the final. Ronaldinho scored three goals in the tournament, taking his total to nine, making him the competition’s joint all-time goals scorer.

 

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