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Full name: Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima
Date of birth: 18 September 1976
Place of birth: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height: 1.83 metres (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position: Striker
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Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima was one of the greatest strikers ever. He started his career at Cruzeiro where he scored 12 goals in 14 appearances. He was part of the Brazilian 1994 FIFA World Cup selection that won the tournament, but he didn´t play. After the World Cup Ronaldo went to Holland to play for PSV were he scored 30 goals already in his first season. In 1997 "O Fenômeno" went to Barcelona where he scored 34 goals in 37 appearances, Ronaldo did amazing things during his Barcelona period, dribbling past defenders like they weren´t there and scoring goals at any moment. With four goals already at the tournament Ronaldo was on his way to win the 1998 World Cup with Brazil when an convulsive fit hindered him to win the final. After leaving Barcelona, Ronaldo joined Inter where he would stay until 2002, scoring 49 goals.


At the 2002 World Cup Ronaldo took revenge for the lost final four years earlier by scoring two goals in the final against Germany and winning the tournament. In 2002 Ronaldo joined Madrid and helped them win the 2003 Spanish Championship. He scored a total of 83 goals at Madrid in 127 appearances. At the 2006 World Cup Ronaldo scored his 15th goal at a World Cup and became record holder of scoring goals at a World Cup. Brazil lost the quarter final of France with 1-0 at that tournament.

After playing a short period with AC Milan he ended his career with Corinthians were he would win the Brazilian Cup with. On 7 June 2011 Ronaldo played one last farewell match with Brazil, he played 15 minutes and then left the field after a standing ovation. Ronaldo became three times FIFA World Player of the Year, in 1996, 1997 and 2002. He did incredible things with the ball, dribbling with enormous speed past defenders, scoring whenever he wanted. He remains one the greatest strikers ever.


Club Record
1997–2002Inter Milan6849
2002–2007Real Madrid12783
2007–2008AC Milan209

National Team


Team Honours
CruzeiroBrazilian Cup1993
PSVDutch Cup1996
PSVDutch Super Cup1996
BarcelonaSpanish Cup1997
BarcelonaUEFA Cup Winners' Cup1997
BarcelonaSpanish Super Cup1996
Inter MilanUEFA Cup1998
Real MadridIntercontinental Cup2002
Real MadridSpanish Champion2003, 2007
Real MadridSpanish Super Cup2003
CorinthiansBrazilian Cup2009
BrazilWorld Champion1994, 2002
BrazilCopa América1997, 1999
BrazilFIFA Confederations Cup1997

Individual Honours
FIFA World Player of the Year1996, 1997, 2002
FIFA World Cup Golden Ball1998
Ballon D'or1997, 2002
FIFA World Cup: All-Time Leading Score