Ronaldinho (Ronaldo de Assis Moreira)

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, commonly known as Ronaldinho, is a Brazilian football player who has received the FIFA World Player of the Year award twice (2004 and 2005).

When young Ronaldo began participating in youth club matches at the age of eight he was always the youngest and the smallest player on the field, earning him the nickname Ronaldinho (a diminutive form of Ronaldo). Today, he is also known as Ronaldinho Gaúcho, especially when there is a risk of confusing him with fellow countryman Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima.

In addition to his flourishing league career, Ronaldinho has had plenty of success in the Brazilian national team.

Career

Youth career

1987–1998 Grêmio

 

Senior career                    

Years                                  Team                                                                              Apps                                   Gls

1998–2001    Grêmio                                                     52                                        21

2001–2003    Paris Saint-Germain                                 55                                        17

2003–2008    Barcelona                                                 145                                      70

2008–2010    Milan                                                           76                                        20

2011–           Flamengo                                                  30                                        14

 

National team

Years                                  Team                                                                              Apps                                   Gls

1996                    Brazil U17                                                6                                          2

1999                    Brazil U20                                                5                                          3

2000–2008          Brazil U23                                                10                                        3

1999–            Brazil                                                               93                                      33

 As a child, Ronaldinho played futsal and beach football before expanding into organized football. At the age of 13 he scored all 23 goals in a 23-0 victory against another local football team, a feat that attracted a certain amount of media attention. After playing in the Grêmio youth squad, Ronaldinho made his senior debut for Grêmio in 1998 when he participated in the Copa Libertadores.

In 2001, Ronaldinho inked a five year long contract with Paris Saint-Germain, and he made his league debut for the team on August 4 that year. He scored his first goal in October, and after the winter break he scored a series of impressive goals for Paris Saint-Germain and helped the team reach the semi-finals of the 2001/2002 Coupe de la Ligue.

In 2003 Ronaldinho joined FC Barcelona where he stayed until 2008. He suffered from an injury during the first half of intitial campaign with Barcelona, but returned in time to help his new team finish runner-up in the league. In 2004/2005, Barcelona won the league and Ronaldinho was named FIFA World Player of the Year.

Ronaldinho transferred to AC Milan in 2008 after signing a three-year contract. During his first season, he played 32 matches and scored 10 goals. During the next season, Ronaldinho gradually developed from attacking midfielder to left winger.

In 2011, Ronaldinho moved back to Brazil and joined Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro. Since Ronaldinhos arrival, Flamengo has won the Taça Guanabara, the Campeonato Carioca and the Taça Rio. He is currently contracted to play for Flamengo until 2014.

Private life

  • Ronaldo de Assis Moreira was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1980.
  • Ronaldo’s mother Dona Miguelina Elói Assis dos Santos is a nurse, while Ronaldo’s father João de Assis Moreira was a shipyard worker. João also played fotball in a local club named  Esporte Clube Cruzeiro.
  • When Ronaldo was eight, his father died from a heart attack in the family swimming pool.
  • When Ronaldo’s older brother Roberto signed with Grêmio, the family could move to a house in a more affluent part of Porto Alegre.
  • Roberto’s career came to an end because of injury and he is today Ronaldinho’s manager.
  • Ronaldinho has a sister named Deisi who works as his press coordinator.
  • In 2005, Brazilian dancer Janaína Mendes gave birth to Ronaldino’s child, a boy who was named João after Ronaldinho’s father.
  • Ronaldinho became a Spanish citizen in 2007.