Player Profile – RonaldinhoMay 26, 2007
Full name: Ronaldo de Assis Moreira
Birthplace: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Date of Birth: 21st March 1980
Previous Teams: Gremio de Porto Alegre, Brazil; Paris Saint Germain, France;
National Squad/Number of Appearances: Brazil/65+
Ronaldinho moved to Barcelona for the 2003-4 season where he quickly proved his worth and became a firm favorite with the fans. Nicknamed ‘Ronaldinho Gaucho’ or ‘El Gaucho’ his silky individual skills, speed, ability to take free-kicks and commitment to the team he plays with have produced some of the most breathtaking football in Spain and in the world in recent years. He is often called the ‘new Pele’.
- As a teenager Ronaldinho once scored all 23 goals in a 23-0 win over a local team in Brazil.
- His nickname – Ronaldinho Gaucho – is partly used to differentiate him from Ronaldo who is also often called Ronaldinho in Brazil. The Gaucho part of his nickname is given to people who come from the Rio Grande do Sul area.
- He is one of an elite number of players to play at every level for his country as he has appeared for the Under 15, 17, 20, 23 and senior teams for Brazil.
- The Brazilian city of Chapeco erected a 23ft high statue of Ronaldinho to commemorate his first FIFA World Player of the Year award. The statue was vandalized after Brazil’s poor performance in the 2006 World Cup.
- The player and members of his family appear in a cartoon comic strip created by the famous Brazilian comic book author, Mauricio de Sousa.
- While filming a TV advertisement in 2004 Ronaldinho kicked the ball so hard that he smashed a window in the famous Santiago de Compostela cathedral in Madrid.
- In 2006 he fulfilled a boyhood dream by scoring a bicycle kick goal in a match against Villareal. His remaining dream is to score from the halfway line.
- He has won two Spanish Supercups (2005-6/2006-7), two League Titles (2004-5/2005-6) and the Champions League (2005-6) with Barcelona.
- Ronaldinho has had a glittering career with the Brazilian National Squad, winning the Under 17s World Cup (1996-7), the Copa America (1999), the World Cup (2001-2) and the Confederations Cup (2004-5).
- His individual awards include the FIFA World Player of the Year (2004,2005), World Soccer Player of the Year (2004, 2005), FIFPro World Player of the Year (2005, 2006), the Ballon D’Or (2005), European Footballer of the Year (2005) and the Best Player of the Champions League (2005-6).
- He is signed to Barcelona until 2010.
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