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Brazilian FIFA Player RONALDINHO

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Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (born 21 March 1980), commonly known as Ronaldinho or Ronaldinho Gaúcho,is a Brazilian footballer. His main playing position is as an attacking midfielder or forward. He won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2004 and 2005. Renowned for his technique, tricks, dribbling, overhead kicks, no-look passes and free kicks, Ronaldinho is widely regarded to be one of the best footballers of his generation.

Brazilian FIFA Player RONALDINHO Brazilian FIFA Player RONALDINHO

"Ronaldinho", the diminutive and term of endearment for "Ronaldo", is accompanied in Brazilian usage by the nickname "Gaúcho" (since he hails from southern Brazil), in order to distinguish him from fellow footballer and countryman Ronaldo, who was known as "Ronaldinho" in Brazil beforehand. Ronaldo simply went by his first name upon his move to Europe, thereby allowing Ronaldinho to drop the "Gaúcho" and go by the name Ronaldinho abroad.

Ronaldinho has played 97 matches and scored 33 goals for the Brazil national football team. He was an integral part of the 2002 FIFA World Cup winning team, starring alongside Ronaldo and Rivaldo in an attacking trio, and was named in the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team.

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At club level, prior to his move to Atlético Mineiro, Ronaldinho played for Grêmio, Paris Saint-Germain, FC Barcelona, Milan and Flamengo. With Barcelona, he won the UEFA Champions League in 2006 and the Ballon dOr in 2005. He became a Spanish citizen in January 2007. Ronaldinho was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the worlds greatest living players compiled by Pelé, and to the FIFPro World XI from 2005–2007.                      

Early and personal life

Ronaldinho was born in the city of Porto Alegre, the state capital of Rio Grande do Sul. His mother, Dona Miguelina Elói Assis dos Santos (daughter of Enviro Assis),is a former salesperson who studied to become a nurse. His father, João de Assis Moreira, was a shipyard worker and footballer for local club Esporte Clube Cruzeiro (not to be confused with Cruzeiro).He suffered a fatal heart attack in the family swimming pool when Ronaldinho was eight. After Ronaldinhos older brother, Roberto, signed with Grêmio, the family moved to a home in the more affluent Guarujá section of Porto Alegre, which was a gift from Grêmio to convince Roberto to stay at the club. Robertos career was ultimately cut short by injury. Today, Roberto acts as Ronaldinhos manager, while his sister Deisi works as his press coordinator.

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Ronaldinhos football skills began to blossom at the of age 8, and he was first given the nickname Ronaldinho because he was often the youngest and the smallest player in youth club matches. He developed an interest in futsal and beach football, which later expanded to organized football. His first brush with the media came at the age of thirteen, when he scored all 23 goals in a 23–0 victory against a local team. Ronaldinho was identified as a rising star at the 1997 U-17 World Championship in Egypt, in which he scored two goals on penalty kicks.

Ronaldinho became a father for the first time on 25 February 2005, after Brazilian dancer Janaína Mendes gave birth to their son, who was named João after Ronaldinhos late father.

International career

Youth teams

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Fig : Ronaldinho takes a corner kick for Brazil during the 2006 World Cup

Ronaldinho is one of few Brazilian players to have played at every international age level. He was part of the first Brazilian team to win the FIFA U-17 World Championship in 1997, in which his first goal was a penalty against Austria in the first group match, which Brazil won 7–0. Ronaldinho finished with two goals and was awarded the Bronze Ball award as Brazil scored a total of twenty-one goals while only conceding two.

1999 was a busy year for Ronaldinho in terms of international play. First he appeared in the South American Youth Championship, where he scored three goals and helped the U20s to reach the third place. Then he took part in that years FIFA World Youth Championship, scoring his first goal in Brazils last group match. In the round of sixteen, he scored two first-half goals in a 4–0 win over Croatia, and finished with three goals as Brazil were eliminated by Uruguay in the quarterfinals.

Early success

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Fig : Ronaldinho with Brazilian President Lula

On 26 June, three days before the start of the 1999 Copa América, he earned his first cap for Brazil in a 3–0 win over Latvia, and he scored one goal during Brazils victorious Copa América campaign. One week after the conclusion of the Copa América, he was called up for the 1999 Confederations Cup, in which he scored in every match except the final, including a hat-trick in an 8–2 semifinal rout of Saudi Arabia. Ronaldinho did not score in the final, which Brazil lost 4–3 to Mexico. He won the Golden Ball award for the best player in tournament as well as the Golden Boot award for the tournament top-scorer.

2002 World Cup glory

Ronaldinho participated in his first World Cup in 2002, as part of a formidable offensive unit with Ronaldo and Rivaldo, dubbed the "three Rs", who were also on the 1999 Copa América winning squad.Ronaldinho appeared in five matches during the tournament and scored two goals, as well as contributing several important assists. His first goal came in the group stage match against China, which Brazil won 4–0.

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The most memorable match in Ronaldinhos World Cup career took place in the quarterfinal against England on 21 June. With Brazil trailing after Michael Owens 23-minute strike, Ronaldinho turned the game around. Having received the ball inside his own half, Ronaldinho ran at the England defence and went past star defender Ashley Cole with a trademark step over before passing the ball to Rivaldo on the edge of the penalty area to score the equalising goal just before half-time.Then, in the 50th minute, Ronaldinho took a free-kick from 40 yards out which curled into the top left corner of the net, completely surprising Englands goalkeeper David Seaman, giving Brazil a 2–1 lead. However, seven minutes later, he was controversially sent-off for a foul on Englands defender Danny Mills. Ronaldinho was suspended for the semifinal, but returned to Brazils starting lineup for the 2–0 victory over Germany in the final as Brazil won the World Cup for the fifth time.

2005 Confederations Cup title

Ronaldinhos next international tournament was 2003 Confederations Cup. However, Ronaldinho did not manage to score any goals during the tournament as Brazil performed poorly and was eliminated in the group stage. The following year, he was left out from Brazils 2004 Copa América squad, as coach Carlos Alberto Parreira decided to rest his stars and used a largely reserve squad.

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After falling short in 1999 and 2003, Ronaldinho was the captain of Brazil and led his team to its second ever Confederations Cup title in 2005. He converted a penalty kick in a 3-2 semifinal win against the hosts Germany and was named Man of the Match in a 4–1 victory over arch rivals Argentina in the final on 29 June. Ronaldinho scored three goals in the tournament and is tied with Cuauhtémoc Blanco as the tournaments all-time scorer with nine goals.

2008 Olympic medal

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On 24 March 2007, he scored twice in a 4–0 win over Chile, which marked his first goal since the 2005 Confederations Cup final and thus ended a scoreless streak that lasted nearly two years. He was not called up for the 2007 Copa América after asking to be excused from the tournament due to tiredness. On 18 October, he was controversially benched by Barcelona after he was late returning to Spain following Brazils 5–0 friendly win over Ecuador. He and several Brazil players celebrated the win by partying through the night at a posh Rio de Janeiro nightclub. Ronaldinho left at 11 am the next morning, allegedly in the trunk of a car in order to avoid the media.

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On 7 July 2008, Ronaldinho was named in Brazils 2008 Summer Olympics squad as one of the over-age players. Barcelona initially blocked the move because of his then-upcoming Champions League commitments with the club, but the decision was later nullified following Ronaldinhos transfer to Milan, who in turn permitted him to make the trip to Beijing. Ronaldinho captained the team, and he scored his only two goals in a 5–0 victory over New Zealand before Brazil were beaten by Argentina in the semifinal. Brazil finished with the bronze medal after defeating Belgium 3–0 in the bronze medal match.




South Cup (1): 1999
Campeonato Gaúcho (1): 1999

Paris Saint-Germain

UEFA Intertoto Cup (1): 2001

La Liga (2): 2004–05, 2005–06
Supercopa de España (2): 2005, 2006
UEFA Champions League (1): 2005–06
FIFA Club World Cup Runner-up (1): 2006


Serie A (1): 2010–11


Campeonato Carioca (1): 2011

Atlético Mineiro

Campeonato Mineiro (1): 2013
Copa Libertadores (1): 2013



Copa América (1): 1999
FIFA World Cup (1): 2002
FIFA Confederations Cup (1): 2005
Superclásico de las Américas (1): 2011

Brazil U23

CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournament (1): 1999
Olympic Bronze Medal (1): 2008

Brazil U17

South American Under-17 Football Championship (1):1997
FIFA U-17 World Championship (1): 1997


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Brazilian FIFA Player RONALDINHO Brazilian FIFA Player RONALDINHO

Brazilian FIFA Player RONALDINHO Brazilian FIFA Player RONALDINHO

Brazilian FIFA Player RONALDINHO Brazilian FIFA Player RONALDINHO