Fabio Cannavaro is a retired Italian football player widely acknowledged as one of the best defenders of all time.

In addition to successful league play, Fabio accomplished a lot during his time in the Italian national team. With Fabio on the team, Italy won consecutive Under-21 European Championships in 1994 and 1996, and in 1997 Fabio earned his first senior cap. As team captain, Fabio led the Italian team to victory in the 2006 FIFA World Cup and received the FIFA World Player of the Year award. So far, Fabio is the only defender to received this award. In 2009, Fabio became the most capped Italian player of all time.

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During his fotball career, Fabio was often referred to as “Muro di Berlino” which is Italien for “The Berlin Wall”.

Career

As a young boy Fabio played for a local Bagnoli team and got the attention of talent scouts from SSC Napoli. Fabio became a ball boy for the club and could watch his idols Diego Maradona and Ciro Ferrara play. Eventually, he was deemed ready to join the team started to play alongside his childhood idols. Fabio made his Serie A debut in1993 in a match against Juventus.

In 1995, Napoli sold Fabio to Parma where he became a regular right away. Parma won the UEFA Cup and Coppa Italia, and Fabio was named Serie A Defender of the Year.

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In 2002, Fabio was transferred to Inter (Internazionale) for €23 millions. Inter reached the semi-finals of Champions League during the 2002/2003 season and also finished second in Serie A. Due to injury, Fabio was forced to refrain from playing a lot of matches during his second season with Inter.

After two years with Inter, Fabio moved to Juventus where he reunited with his former team mates Lilian Thuram and Gianluigi Buffon from Parma to form an impressive defense. Juventus won the Scudetti in 2005 and 2006, and Fabio received the Oscar del Calcio award for his debut season with Juventus.

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In 2006, Fabio transferred to Real Madrid where he remained for three seasons. He was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 2006, and Real Madrid won La Liga in 2006/2007 and 2007/2008. When Fabio’s contract with Real Madrid expired, he returned to Juventus in time for the 2009/2010 season.

In late 2009 Fabio was injured and had a hard time healing. His contract with Juventus was not renewed, and in June 2010 it was announced that Fabio had signed on for two years with Al-Ahli Dubai, a team in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Football League. Fabio played 16 matches for Al-Ahli Dubai before retiring from football in June 2011 due to a severe knee problem. Since then, Fabio has served as a global brand ambassador and technical consultant for the Al-Ahli Club of Dubai.

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Private life

  • Fabio was born in Naples in 1974.
  • His father  Pasquale Cannavaro was a bank clerk who played football in Giugliano, his mother Gelsomina Costanzo worked as a maid.
  • Fabio has an older sister named Renata and a younger brother named Paolo. Paolo is a defender in Napoli. Fabio and Paoli played together in Napoli 2000-2002.
  • Fabio married Daniela Arenoso in 1994. They have three children; Christian (born in 1999), Martina (born in 2001) and Andrea (born in 2004).
  • Together with Ciro Ferrara, Fabio has established the “Fondazione Cannavaro Ferrara” which supports a hospital in Naples by procuring cancer research equipment and fund surgery for special cases of cancer.

Ricardo “Kaká” Izecson dos Santos Leite is an attacking midfielder from Brazil. In addition to successful league play, Kaká has displayed his football skills in the Brazilian national team.

In 2007, Kaká recieved the Ballon d’Or and was named FIFA World Player of the Year and Top Forward of the 2006/2007 Champions League season. He was also named FIFPro World Player of the Year, and Time Magazine included him in their list of the world’s 100 most influential people. Kakás footprints can be seen on the Estádio do Estádio do Maracanã’s sidewalk of fame.

Ricardo Kaka

In Brazil, Kaká is a common nickname for persons named Ricardo.

Career

At the age of seven, Kaká was spotted by the São Paulo FC during a local tournament. At the age of 15, Kaká signed a professional contract with the club and led São Paulo youth squad to a victory in Copa de Juvenil. His debute as a senior took place in 2001. During his first season, he played 27 matches and scored 12 goals. São Paulo won their first (and so far only) Torneio Rio-São Paulo championship, partly thanks to Kaká who scored two goals in two minutes in the final (which São Paulo won 2-1). Before being transferred to AC Milan in 2003, Kaká played a total of 58 games for São Paulo and scored 23 goals.

Kakás Seria A debut was a match against Ancona that AC Milan won with 2-0. During his first season, Kaká played 30 games and scored 10 goals. AC Milan won both the Scudetto and the EUFA Super Cup. In the 2004/2005 season Kaká had a rather withdraw role to play behind striker Andriy Shevchenko as a part of the five-man midfield. He played 36 domestic games and scored seven goals. AC Milan finnished second in the Scudetto and lost the Champions League final to Liverpool on penalties. Kaká was voted the best midfielder of the tournament.

In 2009, Kaká signed a sex year contract and transferred to Real Madrid. He scored his first league goal for Real Madrid on September 23 in a game against Villareal. In August 2010, Real Madrid announced that Kaká had undergone knee surgery and would need several months of rehabilitation. Eight months later, Kaká returned to the field. In March 2011, he was forced to the sideline again for a few weeks due to a thigh injury, before making a celebrated comeback.   

Private life

  • Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite was born in Brasília, the capital city of Brazil, in 1982. When Kaká was seven years old the family moved to São Paulo.
  • Kakás father Bosco Izecson Pereira Leite is a civil engineer and his mother Simone dos Santos is an elementary school teacher.
  • At the age of 18, Kaká fractured his spine in a swimming pool accident. He made a remarkable full recovery and has since then tithed his income to the evangelical Rebirth in Christ Church.
  • Kaká married Caroline Celico in 2005. They have two children, Luca born in 2008 and Isabella born in 2011.
  • Kakás younger brother Rodrigo (“Digão”) and cousin Eduardo Delani are also professional football players.
  • Kaká became an Italian citizen in 2007.
  • Kaká is an Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations’ World Food Programme.

Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo is a retired Portuguese footballer (midfielder). His career spanned over two decades  and included 127 caps for the Portuguese national football team, making him the most capped Portuguese player of all times. Figo was named European Footballer of the Year in 2000 and FIFA World Player of the Year in 2001. He is also included in the FIFA 100 list.Examples of prestigious trophy wins on Figo’s curriculum vitae are one UEFA Champions League title,  one UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup, two UEFA Super Cups, one Intercontinental Cup,  four titles from La Liga, four Serie A titles, three Spanish Super Cups, three Italian Super Cups, two Spanish Cups, one Italian Cup and one Portuguese Cup.

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In 1991, Figo helped his team to a victory in the FIFA World Youth Championship. Later that year, 18 year old Figo made his senior debut for the Portuguese national team in a friendly match against Luxembourg. Figo captained the national team during the 2006 World Cup where they reached the semi-finals, Portugal’s best finish since 1966.

Figo is considered a part of Portugal’s “Golden Generation” of football.

Career

Youth career

União de Pastilhas

1984–1989 Sporting CP

Senior career

Years             Team                                  Apps                                   Gls

1989–1995    Sporting CP                        137                                      16

1995–2000    Barcelona                            172                                      30

2000–2005    Real Madrid                       165                                      36

2005–2009    Internazionale                     105                                      9

National team

1991–2006 Portugal                                    127                                      32

Figo started his career in Sporting CP where he won both the Under-16 European Championships and the Under-21 World Championships. His first international cap as a senior for Sporting CP arrived in 1991.

In 1995, Figo joined FC Barcelona and this was where his career really took off. With Barcelona, Figo won the 1996/1997 EUFA Cup Winner’s Cup and consecutive Primera División titles. He played 172 games and scored 30 goals.

In 2000, Figo joined FC Barcelona’s arch rivals Real Madrid. With Figo on the team, FC Barcelona won La Liga in 2001 and 2003, and were victorious in the 2001/2002 Champions League.

In 2005, Figo’s contract with FC Barcelona expired and Figo signed up with Internazionale. He stayed with Internazionale until 2009 when he announced his retirement from professional football. That same year, Internazionale won the 2008/2009 Series A title.

Private life

  • Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo was born in Almada, Portugal in 1972.
  • Figo is married to Swedish model Helen Svedin whom he met at a flamenco show in 1996. They have three children, Daniela (born 1999), Martina (born 2002) and Stella (born 2004). As of 2011, they are expecting their fourth child.
  • Figo owns an upscale bar in Algarve.
  • Figo is an ambassador for the Stop TB Partnership. Founded in 2001, the Partnership’s mission is to fight tuberculosis worldwide.
  • Figo is on the board for Inter Campus, an organization run by Internazionale Milano that provides assistance to children in need through youth football programs developed and sustained within the communities.

Michael James Owen is a professional football player from England. He is included in the FIFA 100 (Brazilian striker Pelé’s list of the hundred greatest living footballers) and received the prestigious Ballon d’Or in 2001. He has also received the Premier League Golden Boot twice (1997/1998 and 1998/1999) and been named both BBC Sports Personality of the Year (1998) and Carling Premiership Player of the Year (1997/1998).

When Owen played for the senior English team during the 1998 World Cup he became England’s youngest player and youngest goalscorer at the time. Owen also scored in the Euro 2000, 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004. He participated in the 2006 World Cup as well, but sustained a serious injury.

Career

Owen started playing football when he was seven years old. He eventually joined the Deeside Primary School’s team, and then the youth team of Mold Alexandra. During his time at Hawarden High School, he played for the Hawarden school team. Attending high school did however mean that Owen was eligible to sign a schoolboy contract with a football club and he inked a deal with Liverpool. At age 14, Owen attended the FA’s School of Excellence at Lilleshall in Shropshire while continuing his studies at Hawarden.

After his graduation from Lilleshall, Owen entered Liverpool’s Youth Training Scheme and just after turning 17 he signed professional forms for the senior team. His senior debut for Liverpool took place on May 6, 1997, in a Premier League match against Wimbledon. Starting 1998, Owen was Liverpool’s top scorer every season.

In 2004, Owen left Liverpool for Real Madrid. He had a slow start in Spain, but scored his first goal for Real Madrid in October in Champions League and then went on to score his first Spanish League goal just a few days later. He was back on track and when the season was over he had scored 13 goals in La Liga. During his time in Real Madrid, Owen played a total of 41 games and scored 18 goals.

In 2005, Owen signed a four-year contract with Newcastle United. A few days later he injured his thigh during pre-season play and could not play the first part of the 2005/2006 season. On September 18, Owen helped Newcastle to their first win of the season.

After several years with Newcastle United, Owen signed a two-year contract with Manchester United in 2009. He made his league debut for Manchester United on August 16, and scored his first competitive goal for them a few days later against Wigan Athletic. In February 2010, Owen was injured and could not play for the rest of the season. He returned for pre-season 2010/2011. In June 2011, his contract with Manchester United was extended with one year.

Private life

  • Michael James Owen was born in Chester in England in 1979.
  • Michael is the fourth child of Jeanette and Terry Owen. Before retiring from football, Terry played professionally for Chester City and Everton.
  • Michael met Louise Bonsall at primary school in 1984, and they got married in 2005. They have four children, Gemma Rose (born 2003), James Michael (2006), Emily May (born 2007) and Jessica (born 2010).
  • Michael has purchased a small street of houses in Ewloe (a small town in Wales) for his extended family.
  • Michael owns several race horses.
  • The retired footballer Richie Partridge is Michael’s brother in law.

David Robert Joseph Beckham іѕ аn English footballer whо holds thе all-time appearance record fоr аn outfield player іn thе England national team. Hе іѕ thе оnlу English player tо score іn thrее world cups. Hе hаѕ nеvеr received thе FIFA World Player оf thе Year award but hаѕ bееn runner-up twice. In 2004, Beckham wаѕ thе world’s best paid football player іf уоu count bоth salary аnd advertising deals. In bоth 2003 аnd 2004, Beckham wаѕ Google’s mоѕt searched оf аll sports topics.

Career

Youth career

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1991–1993 Manchester United

Senior career                    

Years        Team                                    Apps                                   Gls

1993–2003 Manchester United              266                                      61

1995 → Preston North End (loan)          5                                          2

2003–2007 Real Madrid                         116                                      13

2007– Los Angeles Galaxy                      74                                        15

2009 → Milan (loan)                               18                                        2

2010 → Milan (loan)                               11                                        0

 

National team

1992–1993 England U18                          3                                          0

1994–1996 England U21                          9                                          0

1996–2009 England                                115                                      17

As a child, Beckham attended Bobby Charlton’s football school and played for the Ridgeway Rover, a local youth team coached by Beckham’s father. He then attended Tottenham Hotspur’s school of excellence and joined the club, before switching to Brimsdown Rovers youth team for a two year stint. During his time in Bromsdown he was named Under-15 Player of the Year in 1990. On his fourteenth birthday, he signed for Manchester United and subsequently entered a Youth Training Scheme.

Beckham made his first appearance for United’s first-team in 1992 as a substitute in the League Cup match. Shortly thereafter, he signed his first professional contract. He made his UEFA Champions League debut in December 1994.  During a part of the 1994/1995 season Backham was loaned to Preston North End, before returning to Manchester United to make his Premier League debut.

During his time with Manchester United, Beckham played 265 Premier League matches and scored 61 goals. He also made 81 appearances in Champions League where he scored 15 goals. Manchester United won six Premier League titles, one European Cup and one Intercontinental Cup.

In 2003, Beckham signed a four-year contract with Real Madrid. During Beckhams first season with Real Madrid, the team won the Spanish Super Cup and finishes second in Copa del Rey.

In 2007 Beckham signed up for five years with Los Angeles Galaxy. The cost of $6.5 million per year was not paid by Los Angeles Galaxy alone but by all the 14 MLS teams together since the goal of bringing Beckham to the United States was to boost the nation’s overall interest in soccer.

In 2008, Beckham was loaned to AC Milan. Eventually, a timeshare deal was reached were Beckham were to play with Galaxy från mid-July to the end of the 2009 MLS season, and then be loaned out ot Milan again. With Beckham on the team, Galaxy won the 2009 Western Conference final. He returned to AC Milan in January 2010, and went back to Galaxy in September to help them secure their second successive Western Conference title. During the following season, Beckham spent the entire season with Galaxy and the team won the 2011 MLS Cup.

Private life

  • Beckham was born in Leytonstone, London in England in 1975.
  • His mother is a hairdresser named Sandra Georgina Beckham and his father is a kitchen fitter named David Edward Alan “Ted” Beckham.
  • Beckham has an older sister named Lynne Georgina and a younger sister named Joanne Louise.
  • Growing up, Beckham attended church every week with his family. His maternal grandfather was Jewish and Beckham has described himself as ”half Jewish”.
  • Beckham’s parents are both dedicated Manchester United fans and during David’s childhood they would often attend the team’s home games at Old Trafford.
  • Beckham started dating Victoria Adams (of Spice Girls fame) in 1997 and the two were married in 1999. They have four children, Brooklyn Joseph (born 1999), Romeo James (born 2002), Cruz David (born 2005) and Harper Seven (born 2011).
  • Beckham has founded a football school named David Beckham Academy in 2005. In 2009, it was announced that it would close and that a mobile travelling academy would be developed instead.
  • Beckham is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF with special focus on UNICEF’s Sports for Development program and the Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS campaign.
  • Beckham is a spokesperson for Malaria No More.
  • Since his move to the United States, Beckham has been active with charities linked to Major League Soccer, such as MLS W.O.R.K.S.

Zinedine Zidane is a retired French football player and the only three-time FIFA World Player of the Year winner. Zidane received the Ballon d’Or in 1998, and in 2004 he was voted as the best European footballer of the previous 50 years in UEFA’s 50th anniversary Golden Jubilee Poll. He helped France to victories in the 1998 World Cup as well as in the 2000 European Championship, and he also captained France to the 200 World Cup Final where he was awarded with the FIFA Golden Ball as the tournament’s most outstanding player.

Career

At the age of ten, Zidane joined the junior team of US Saint-Henri, a local club based in La Castellane. After a year and a half he switched to SO Septèmes Valons. When he was 14 years old he was selected to attend a training camp run by the French Football Federation and was spotted by a talent scout for the AS Cannes. Zidane travelled to Cannes for a six-week stay, but ended up staying with the club for four years as a pro. At first the 14 year old lived in a dormitory with other trainees, but soon he moved in with Cannes director Jean-Claude Elineau and his family. Zidane played his first Ligue 1 match for Cannes in 1989, at the age of 17. During Zidanes first full season with Cannes, the team qualified for the UEFA Cup for the first time in the history of the club.

In the 1992/1993 season Zidane was transferred to Girondins de Bordeaux where he stayed until 1996. Girondins de Bordeaux won the 1995 Intertoto Cup and finished second in the 1995/1996 UEFA Cup. Zidane was transferred to Juventus for £3.2 millions in 1996.

Juventus won the 1996/1997 Serie A and the 1996 Intercontinental Cup, and finished second in the 1997 UEFA Champions League. Juventus then proceeded to win the 1997/1998 Serie A and once again finish second in the UEFA Champions League. In 2000/2001, the team finished second in Serie A. During his time with Juventus, Zidane was named Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year for both 1997 and 2001.

In 2001, Zidane signed a four year contract and transferred to Real Madrid for a record breaking transfer fee of 150 billion Italian lire (roughly €75 millions). Real Madrid won the 2002 UEFA Champions League, and in the next season Zidane helped his team secure a victory in La Liga. During Zidane’s last season for Real Madrid, he was their second highest goal scorer and assists provider with 9 goals and 10 assists over the course of 28 games. Zidane played his last home match for Real Madrid in May 2006.

Private life

  • Zinedine Zidane was born in Marseille, France in 1972.
  • His parents Smaïl and Malika comes from Aguemone, a village in Kabylia, a Berber-speaking part of Algeria. They emigrated to France in 1953. In Marseille, Smaïl worked as a warehouseman at a department store while Malika was a house wife.
  • Zinedine grew up in La Castellane, a low-income suburb in northern Marseille.
  • Zinedine has three older brothers and one older sister.
  • At the age of five, Zinedine started playing football in his neighborhood.
  • Zinedine is married to Véronique Fernandez. They have four sons; Enzo (born 1995), Luca (born 1998), Theo (born 2002),and Elyaz (born 2006). Enzo, Luca and Theo have joined the Real Madrid Academy.
  • Zenidine has promoted several charity projects in various ways. By playing charity matches, he has helped raise money for UNICEF, for the United Nations Development Programme and for the Keuydaroon children’s AIDS charity. Zenidine is also a UN goodwill ambassador.

Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish football (soccer) player famous for his ability to score goals. In 2011, he was the best paid football player in the world.

In his native Sweden, Zlatan is the only player awarded with the prestigious Guldbollen six times (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011). Guldbollen is a Swedish football award given once a year by the Swedish Football Association and the newspaper Aftonbladet to the best male Swedish football player.

Zlatan has several nicknames, including Ibra, Ibracadabra, Ibra Supermacy and Il Genio. In most Slavic languages, Zlatan means golden. 

Career

Zlatan started playing for Malmö BI at the age of 17, and he eventually dropped out of Football High school to focus full-time on his football career. After a few stints with BK Flagg and FBK Balkan, Zlatan joined Malmö FF in 1994. In 1999, Zlatan made his top-tier league debut with Malmö FF. However, Malmö FF was relegated from the top-tier after that season, so Zlatan spent the next season playing for Malmö FF in second-tier Superettan.

In 2001 Zlatan was transferred to Ajax in the Netherlands. During his first season with Ajax, he played 24 matches and scored six goals. In 2004 he was transferred to Juventus in Italy where he stayed until 2006. The next transfer took place with in Italy, from Juventus to Inter. Zlatan made his debut with Inter in a match against Fiorentina and scored a goal. Juventus went on to win the Italian Championships in 2006/2007 with Zlatan scoring 15 goals during the season – the highest number of any Inter player that season. During the season of 2008/2009, Zlatan made the largest amount of goals of any Serie A-player, a stunning 25 goals of which 2 where penalty kicks.

In 2009, the Spanish football club FC Barcelona paid €46 million to transfer Zlatan from Inter to FC Barcelona, and as a part of the agreement FC Barcelona also committed to releasing Samuel Eto’o (valued at €20 millions). Zlatan’s first league match for FC Barlecona took place on Barcelona’s home arena Camp Nou against Sporting de Gijón and ended 3-0 with Zlatan scoring a goal in the final minutes. In 2010, Zlatan signed a three year long contract with his third Italian football club – AC Milan. He scored his first goal for AC Milan in a match against Laszio.

Private life

  • Zlatan was born in Sweden in 1981 and grew up in Rosengård, a low-income area in Malmö (Sweden’s third largest city).
  • Zlatan’s father Sefik is of Bosnian descent, while Zlatan’s mother Jurka comes from Croatia.
  • Ibrahimović is a Muslim Arabian surname, but Zlatan is catholic.
  • Zlatan got his first football shoes at the age of five.
  • Zlatan lives with his girlfriend Helena Seger and they have two children, Maximilian born in 2006 and Vincent born in 2008.
  • In 2007, Zlatan and Nike paid to fix up the football field in Rosengård where Zlatan played as a child. The football field now has a plastic carpet made from recycled football shoes and has been renamed Zlatan Court.

Wayne Mark Rooney is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Manchester United and in the English national team. He is the youngest player ever to score a goal for the English national team, and he is widely acknowledged as one of England’s very best football player. He is also one of the best paid footballers in the world with an annual income of £18 million from salary and sponsorship deals.

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Wayne Rooney has broken numerous records and been showered with national and international awards. As of late 2011, he has –received the England Player of the Year award twice (2008 and 2009) and the FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball once (2008). He has also been named the FWA Footballer of the Year (2009/2011), the PFA Players’ Player of the Year (2009/2011) and the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year (2005/2006 and 2009/2010).

Career

Youth career
1996–2002 Everton

Senior career

Years           Team                                    Apps                                   Gls

2002–2004    Everton                              67                                        15

2004–           Manchester United             229                                      111

National team

2000–2001    England U15                    4                                          2

2001–2002    England U17                     12                                        7

2002–          England U19                         1                                          0

2003–          England                              73                                        28

Rooney played for Liverpool Schoolboys as a child, and then for the Copperhouse boys’ club in the  local Walton and Kirkdale junior league where he attracted the attention of a talent scout from Everton.  At the tender age of nine, Ronney joined the Everton club and two years later he was their mascot for the Merseyside derby. At the age of 15, Rooney was playing for the under-19s and he scored eight goals over eight matches during the FA Youth Cup in 2002. Rooney made his senior debut in August 2002 and scored his first two senior goals in October during a game against Wrexham in the League Cup.

After a bidding war in 2004, Manchester United paid £25.6 millions for 18 year old Rooney. He made his debut for Manchester United on September 28 in a Champions League match where he scored a hit-trick and laid on an assist. Rooney became the team’s top league scorer that season with 11 goals and was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year award. His first trophy with United came in the 2006 League Cup.

On October 4, 2008, Rooney became the youngest player in the history of the league to have played 200 matches. His 200th game was a match against Blackburn Rovers won by Manchester United. On August 22, 2009, Rooney became the 20th Manchester United player to have scored a hundred goals for the team.

During the 2010/2011 season, Ronney signed renewed his contracted with Manchester United. The new contract will expire in 2015.

Private life

  • Wayne Mark Rooney was born in Croxteth, Liverpool in 1985.
  • His parents are named Thomas Wayne Rooney and Jeanette Marie Rooney.
  • Rooney has two younger brothers, Graeme and John. John is a professional football player.
  • Wayne Rooney is of Irish descent and was brought up Catholic.
  • Rooney met his future wife Coleen McLoughlin when they were at secondary school. After six years of dating, they married in 2008. They have a son, Kai Wayne Rooney, born in 2009.

Ronaldo Luís Nazário dе Lima wаѕ оnе оf thе mоѕt celebrated football players оf thе late 1990s аnd early 2000s. Born іn Brazil 1976, Ronaldo received hіѕ fіrѕt Ballon d’Or аt thе tender age оf 21. Fіvе years later hе wаѕ awarded wіth аnоthеr оnе, аnd Ronaldo hаѕ аlѕо bееn given thе FIFA Player оf thе Year award thrее tіmеѕ.

During his football career, Ronaldo played 97 international matches for the Brazilian national team and scored 62 goals. He help his team to victory in the FIFA World Cup of 1994 and 2002, and during the 2006 FIFA World Cup he scored his 15th goal, becoming the tournaments most prolific scorer ever. 

Career

At the age of 12, Ronaldo was active in the Tennis Club Valqueire where he didn’t play tennis but futebol de salão, a type of football (soccer) played with a very small ball. Playing with such as small ball is believed to have improved Ronaldo’s ball skills.

In 1993, Ronaldo started playing for Cruzeiro di Belo Horizonte, a football club on the rise. During Ronaldo’s year with Cruzeiro di Belo Horizonte, the team won Copa do Brasil for the first time. Ronaldo played 14 games and scored 12 goals.

In 1994, Ronaldo joined PSV Eindhoven and moved to the Netherlands. He scored 30 goals during his first season, but suffered a knee injury during his second season which forced him to sit out a lot of matches. During the 13 matches he did play he scored a total of 12 goals. In 1996, Ronaldo helped his team to a victory in the Dutch Cup.

After receiving $17 million, PSV Eindhoven released Ronaldo to FC Barcelona. During his first season in Spain, Ronaldo played 49 games and scored 47 goals. FC Barcelona won EUFA Cup Winner’s Cup, Copa del Rey and Supercopa de España. In 1997, Ronaldo became the best scorer in La Liga by scoring 34 goals over 37 matches.

Ronaldo transferred to Inter Milan in 1997. He quickly adapted to life in Italy and became the second highest goal scorer during his initial season with Inter Milan. Ronaldo was appointed the role of team captain and stayed with Inter until 2002. In match against Lecce in 1999, Ronaldo suffered a knee injury and was forced to undergo surgery. He returned to the football field the following year, but only played for seven minutes before damaging his knee again. He could not return to football until the fall of 2002, and by then he had already transferred to Real Madrid.

Despite the knee injury Real Madrid was willing to pay €46 million for Ronaldo and he commenced play in October 2002, scoring two goals during his first match and receiving standing ovations from the crowd. During his first season with Real Madrid, Ronaldo scored 23 goals in league matches. Real Madrid won the Intercontinental Cup in 2002, and was victorious in both the La Liga Championships and the Spanish Super Cup in 2003. By the end of the 2003/2004 season Ronaldo suffered another injury, but remained the top scorer of the league and was awarded the Pichichi Trophy.

In 2007 Ronaldo transferred to AC Milan where he played 14 matches and scored seven goals during his first season. All in all, Ronaldo played 20 matches for AC Milan before suffering another severe knee injury and during this time he scored a total of nine goals. The knee injury benched Ronaldo for the remainder of the season and his contract was not renewed.

While trying to rehabilitate his injured knee after yet another surgery, Ronaldo played for Flamengo in Brazil. He then signed with their arch rival Corinthians and scored ten goals for them over the course of 14 matches, helping Corinthians to victories in both Campeonato Paulista and Brazil Cup. In Brazilian Serie A, Ronaldo scored 12 goals over 20 matches.

When Ronaldo’s contract with Corinthians was renewed in February 2010 he announced that he would retire from football at the end of 2011. However, injuries and his struggle with hypothyroidism forced him into retirement in February 2011.

Private life

  • Ronaldo was born in 1976 as the third child of  Nélio Nazário de Lima and Sônia dos Santos Barata.
  • Ronaldo grew up in a poor neighborhood in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.
  • Ronaldo married Brazilian football player  Milene Domingues in 1999 and the couple divorced four years later. They have a son named Ronaldo born in 2000.
  • Ronaldo married Brazilian model and TV-host Daniel Cicarelli in 2005. The marriage was dissolved after three months.
  • In 2005, a Brazilian waitress named Michele Umezu gave birth to Ronaldo’s son Alexander.
  • Ronaldo has two daughters with his fiancee Maria Beatriz Antony;  Maria Sophia born in 2010 and Maria Alice born in 2010. The family resides in São Paulo.

Pelé іѕ a Brazilian football player widely recognized аѕ thе best footballer оf аll tіmеѕ. Hе wаѕ named thе Athlete оf thе Century bу thе Olympic Committee іn аt thе turn оf thе century.

During his 1 281 official football matches, Pelé scored an astonishing 1281 goals. No football player has even been close to beating this record average. Pelé was a right foot and left foot shooter, and also a skilled head player despite being no taller than 173 centimeters. In addition to scoring goals, Pelé was a valuable assist on the field.

Pelé has several nicknames, of which Pelé is one (his legal first name is Edson). Other examples of his nicknames are Perola Negra (Black Pearl) and O Rei do Futebol (The King of Football).

Career

Pelé started playing in Bauru Athletic Club juniors at the age of 14. He turned pro at the age of 17 and premiered in the national team of Brazil two years later during 1958 FIFA World Cup. For the first time ever, Brazil won the World Cup. In the final against Sweden, Pelé scored two of Brazil’s five goals.

By the early 1960’s Pelé was an international superstar and widely hailed as the best footballer of them all. Several football clubs, including many European clubs, showed an interest in recruiting him, but he elected to stay with Santos in his native Brazil until 1974. During this time, Santos won a long row of importants titles and received numerous awards. They won the prestigious Copa Libertadores several times and became one of Brazil’s the most highly regarded football clubs.

In 1962, Pelé participated in his second FIFA World Cup. He was badly injured, but the Brazilian team still managed to capture the gold. In the 1966 FIFA World Cup Pelé was injured again and this time the Brazilian team was forced to leave the tournament during  the play off.

By 1970 FIFA World Cup Pelés injuries had healed and he could help his team to victory once more. In the world cup final against Italy Pelé scored one of Brazil’s four goals, and he assisted another two.

During his time in the Brazilian national team, Pelé played 92 matches and scored a total of 77 goals.

Pelé retired from Santos in 1974 but returned to the football field one year later playing for New York Cosmos. In 1977 he retired once more, and this time it was for good. Since then, Pelé has served as an ambassador for the sport and he has also been active in Brazilian politics.

Private life

  • Pelé is a nickname, his full registered name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento. His parents named him after the inventor Thomas Edison.
  • Edson Arantes do Nasciment was born in Três Corações in 1940. Três Corações is located in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.
  • Pelés father is named Dondinho João Ramos do Nascimento, while Pelés mother is named Celeste Arantes.
  • Dondinho João Ramos do Nascimento used to play in the Fluminense football team.
  • Pelé was raised in Bauru, a poor neighboorhod in São Paulo. 7
  • Pelé has three younger sibblings.
  • While growing up, Pelé worked in tea stores.
  • Pelé could not afford to purchase footballs as a child. Instead, he played with grapefruits or with socks stuffed with newspaper.

Pelé married Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi in 1966. They had three children: Kelly Cristina (born 1967), Edson (born 1970) and Jennifer (born 1978). The couple divorced in 1982.

  • Pelé married Assíria Lemos Seixas in 1994, and the twins Joshua and Celeste was born in 1996. Pelé and Assiria are now separated.