Ronaldo Ronaldo

footballer Ronaldo Ronaldo

Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, commonly known as Ronaldo, is a retired Brazilian footballer who last played for Corinthians. Ronaldo is widely considered to be the greatest "pure" striker in the history of the modern game, and by some accounts, in the history of football. Ronaldo was one of the most prolific scorers in the world in the late 1990s and the early 2000s (decade).
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  • 2015
    Age 38
    Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in the next year's match on 21 April 2015 in St Etienne, France, with proceeds going towards the African countries most affected by the Ebola epidemic.
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  • 2014
    Age 37
    On 11 December 2014, Ronaldo became a minority owner of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League.
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    A goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme, Ronaldo played in the 11th Match Against Poverty on 4 March 2014 against a Zidane XI in Bern, Switzerland, with proceeds raised helping the recovery efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
    He served as an ambassador for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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  • 2013
    Age 36
    A keen poker player, in April 2013 Ronaldo became a member of PokerStars SportStar, and in December 2013 he played a charity poker tournament against tennis star Rafael Nadal.
    In January 2013, Ronaldo was named one of the six Ambassadors of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
  • 2011
    Age 34
    On 13 December 2011 world football legends Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo played a charity match with their friends against former and current players of the German team Hamburg in the ninth edition of the Match Against Poverty series, which the pair established in 2003.
    In February 2011 it was announced that Ronaldo would be given one last match for Brazil, a friendly against Romania in São Paulo on 7 June 2011, five years after his last match with the national team.
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    In February 2011, after Corinthians were eliminated from the 2011 Copa Libertadores by the Colombian team Deportes Tolima, Ronaldo announced his retirement from football.
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  • 2010
    Age 33
    In February 2010, Ronaldo signed a contract extension with Corinthians that would keep him with the club until the end of 2011, and said he would then retire.
  • 2009
    Age 32
    He finished the Brazilian Serie A 2009 with 12 goals in 20 matches.
    On 27 September 2009, he scored for Corinthians in the 1–1 draw against São Paulo FC.
    Ronaldo scored his first goal for Corinthians on 8 March 2009 in a Campeonato Paulista match against Palmeiras.
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    Ronaldo played his first match for Corinthians on 4 March 2009, a Copa do Brasil match against Itumbiara at Estádio Juscelino Kubitschek, in which he came as a substitute for Jorge Henrique.
  • 2008
    Age 31
    Maria Beatriz Antony gave birth to their first daughter, named Maria Sophia, in Rio de Janeiro, on 24 December 2008. In April 2009, the whole family moved to a new penthouse in São Paulo. On 6 April 2010, Maria Beatriz Antony gave birth to their second daughter.
    In April 2008, Ronaldo was involved in a scandal involving three travesti prostitutes whom he met in a nightclub located in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
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    On 13 February 2008, Ronaldo suffered a severe season-ending knee injury while jumping for a cross in Milan 1–1 draw with Livorno, and was stretchered off and taken to a hospital.
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  • 2007
    Age 30
    Ronaldo's only goals in the 2007–08 season, besides his goal against Lecce in pre-season, came in a 5–2 victory against Napoli at the San Siro, where he scored an emotional brace.
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    He made his debut as a substitute on 11 February 2007, during the 2–1 victory over Livorno.
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    On 18 January 2007, it was reported that Ronaldo agreed terms with A.C. Milan for a transfer of €8.05 million.
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  • 2006
    Age 29
    In his final two seasons at the club, Ronaldo missed a number of games with injuries and weight issues, and with the acquisition of Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2006, he grew further out of favour with the manager Fabio Capello.
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  • 2005
    Age 28
    In 2005, Ronaldo became engaged to Brazilian model and MTV VJ Daniela Cicarelli, who became pregnant but suffered a miscarriage; the relationship lasted only three months after their luxurious wedding at the Château de Chantilly.
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  • 2003
    Age 26
    Ronaldo scored the fastest goal in the club's history when he netted after 15 seconds in a league match against Atlético Madrid at the Bernabéu on 3 December 2003.
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    In the 2003–04 season, Madrid was on track to win the treble, until Ronaldo was injured towards the end of the season; they subsequently lost the Copa del Rey final, were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, and suffered a league form breakdown.
  • 2002
    Age 25
    The boy was born after a brief relationship between Ronaldo and Michele Umezu, a Brazilian waitress whom Ronaldo first met in Tokyo, in 2002.
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    He also won an Intercontinental Cup in 2002 and Spanish Super Cup in 2003.
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    He was sidelined through injury until October 2002 but the fans kept on chanting his name.
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    Later in 2002, he won the FIFA World Player of the Year award for the third time, and transferred from Inter to Real Madrid.
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    After two operations and months of rehabilitation, Ronaldo came back for the 2002 World Cup, helping Brazil win their fifth World Cup title.
  • 2000
    Age 23
    Ronaldo's recurring injury problems forced him to miss the entire 2000–01 season and much of the two seasons either side of it.
    During his first comeback on 12 April 2000, he played only seven minutes during the first leg of the Coppa Italia final against Lazio before injuring his knee for a second time.
  • 1999
    Age 22
    However, on 21 November 1999, during a Serie A match against Lecce, Ronaldo felt his knee buckle and was forced to limp off the field.
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    Inter had high hopes going into the 1999–2000 season with their attack including Ronaldo and Italian stars Roberto Baggio and Christian Vieri.
    In April 1999, Ronaldo married female Brazilian footballer Milene Domingues, at the time pregnant with the couple's first son, Ronald, who was born in Milan, on 6 April 2000.
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    Although they never married, they began a long-term relationship and lived together in Milan until the beginning of 1999.
  • 1998
    Age 21
    Jacob Steinberg of The Guardian writes, "In 1998, no one was as ferociously talented as Ronaldo, whose supernatural mixture of power, pace and skill had made him the player every child in the playground wanted to be; at the age of 21, the hopes and dreams of a nation rested on his shoulders."
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    After the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Ronaldo finished second for FIFA Player of the Year, behind Zinedine Zidane, and was widely regarded as the best striker in the world.
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    The following year, Ronaldo scored a trademark goal against Lazio in the 1998 UEFA Cup Final.
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  • 1997
    Age 20
    Ronaldo starred alongside Romário, dubbed the Ro-Ro attack, in the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup, helping Brazil win their first ever Confederations Cup title where he finished as the third highest scorer with 4 goals, scoring a hat-trick over Australia in the final.
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    He was the second highest scorer of the tournament in 1997 and was elected the best player of the Copa América.
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    He won FIFA World Player of the Year for the second time in 1997, and collected the Ballon d'Or the same year.
    Ronaldo's unhappiness had become evident and at the end of the season, by paying the buy out clause fee in his contract, Inter Milan signed him in the summer of 1997 for a then world record fee of $27 million.
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  • 1996
    Age 19
    At the end of 1996, aged 20, Ronaldo became the youngest player to win FIFA World Player of the Year. Ronaldo's time at Barcelona lasted one season, as there were problems with the renegotiation of his contract. Barcelona thought the talking was over having agreed a new long term contract with the best player in the world until 2006, as Barcelona president Josep Lluís Núñez declared; "He's ours for life".
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    Probably his most memorable goal was scored at SD Compostela on 11 October 1996.
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    During the 1996–97 season, Ronaldo scored 47 goals in 49 games in all competitions, with his goal celebration invariably the same with his arms outstretched like the statue of Christ the Redeemer that watches over his native Rio de Janeiro.
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    With PSV, Ronaldo won the Dutch Cup in 1996 and he was Eredivisie top scorer in 1995.
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  • 1994
    Age 17
    Ronaldo made his international debut for Brazil in 1994, in a friendly match in Recife against Argentina.
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    Ronaldo chose to join PSV after the 1994 World Cup, for which he was selected despite being just 17, but did not play.
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  • 1993
    Age 16
    Ronaldo scored 44 goals in 47 games with Cruzeiro, leading them to their first Copa do Brasil in 1993, and the Minas Gerais State Championship in 1994.
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    Ronaldo came to national public attention on 7 November 1993, scoring five goals in the game against Bahia.
    Aged 16, he made his professional debut on 25 May 1993 against Caldense in the Minas Gerais State Championship.
    In 1993, Ronaldo began his football career playing for Cruzeiro.
  • 1976
    Born on September 18, 1976.
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