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Heres a bit of his life....

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Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (pronounced [xo'nawdʊ lu'iz na'zaɾjʊ dʒɪ 'limɐ]; born September 18, 1976. in Bento Ribeiro, Rio de Janeiro), generally referred to simply as Ronaldo, is a Brazilian professional footballer.

Having begun his professional career at Brazilian side Cruzeiro, Ronaldo signed with PSV Eindhoven in 1994, and after that he had tenures with FC Barcelona, Internazionale, and Real Madrid prior to joining A.C. Milan.

A former member of the Brazil national football team, Ronaldo has played 97 international matches, and was part of the Brazilian squads that won the 1994 and 2002 World Cups. He is the highest goalscorer in the history of the World Cup with 15 goals, having surpassed Gerd Müller's previous record of 14 at the 2006 tournament.

Ronaldo has won three FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 1996, 1997, 2002 and is one of two men to have won the award three times, along with former Real Madrid teammate Zinedine Zidane. He also won two "Ballon d'Or" awards in 1997 and 2002. Ronaldo has been nicknamed "The Phenomenon" (Portuguese: O Fenômeno, Spanish: El Fenómeno). Pelé named him one of the 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. In 2007 France Football named him in their best starting XI of all time.

Club career

Cruzeiro and early career

Ronaldo was born in Bento Ribeiro, a poor neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro. Like many of his friends, he began to play football in the streets of his neighborhood. Ronaldo's actual date of birth is September 18, however, his father did not register his birth certificate until September 22, so some discrepancies have existed as to his actual birth date. His first club was Tennis Club Valgueire. After that he played in Social Ramos and São Cristóvão. His football abilities were really recognised when he was 14, when he was recommended to the Brazil youth team by World Cup winner Jairzinho, who also arranged for his own former club, Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, to sign him when he was old enough for a professional contract. Ronaldo scored 12 goals in 14 games in the Brazilian National Championship, and in the Minas Gerais State Championship he scored 22 goals in 18 matches, inlcuding all three goals in Cruzeiro's 3-1 victory against arch-rival Atlético Minero. Cruzeiro won Campeonato Mineiro 1994 and Ronaldo was a top scorer. He also was a top scorer of Supercopa Libertadores in 1993. He reached a total of 45 goals in 49 official appearances.

PSV

After being scouted by Piet de Visser, he was soon transferred for US$6 million to PSV Eindhoven, where he scored 42 goals in 46 league games and reached a total of 54 goals in 57 official appearances. With PSV he won the Dutch Cupin 1996 and was Eredivisie top scorer in 1995.

Barcelona

Later he attracted the attention of FC Barcelona. He played for Barça in the 1996-97 season, scoring 47 goals in 49 games (including appearances in the Spanish Cup & Spanish Supercup and European Cup Winners Cup) on the way to leading the Catalan side to UEFA Cup Winners' Cup triumph (where he capped the season with the winning goal in the cup final itself) and to Spanish Cup and Spanish Supercup. He also won La Liga top scorer award in 1997 and as of 2008, Ronaldo is the last player to score more than 30 goals in one season in the Spanish La Liga.

Internazionale

Inter Milan signed him the following year, and Ronaldo duly helped them repeat his former side's cup-winning run, this time in the UEFA Cup. On November 21, 1999, during a Serie A match against Lecce, Ronaldo felt his knee buckle and was forced to limp off the pitch. Medical exams after the match confirmed that the striker had ruptured a tendon in his right knee and would require surgery.[1] During his first comeback on April 12, 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.[2] After two operations and 36 months of rehabilitation, Ronaldo came back for the 2002 World Cup, helping Brazil win their fifth World Cup title. Later in 2002 he won the World Player of the Year award for the third time, and transferred from Inter to Real Madrid. He played 100 games and scored 59 goals for nerazzurri.

Real Madrid

He was sidelined through injury until October 2002. Ronaldo scored twice in his debut for Real Madrid. That same reception was observed on the night of the final game of the season against Athletic Bilbao, where Ronaldo scored again to seal his first season with 23 league goals and the La Liga Championship title for 2003, which Ronaldo had previously failed to win while with Barcelona. With Real he also won a Intercontinental Cup in 2002 and Spanish Super Cup in 2003. He was La Liga's top scorer in 2004. He is one of the best strikers in club history, after scoring 104 goals in 177 appearances.

A.C. Milan

On January 18, 2007 it was reported that Ronaldo agreed terms with A.C. Milan for a transfer of about €7.5 million.[3] Ronaldo was forced to pay for the remaining period on his contract which tied him to Real Madrid, only because the latter did not accept to release him, while A.C. Milan were not ready to pay such a sum. On Thursday, January 25 Ronaldo flew from Madrid to Milan to watch A.C. Milan in a cup tie against AS Roma. Statements on the club's website said that Ronaldo was in Milan for a medical, and that a meeting had been arranged for Monday with Real Madrid officials to discuss and finalize his transfer to Milan. On January 26 Ronaldo successfully completed his medical tests at the Milanello training complex under the supervision of club doctors, and the transfer completed on January 30[4] and got the jersey number 99. He made his debut as a substitute for Milan on February 11, 2007, during the 2-1 victory over Livorno. The next game at Siena on February 17, 2007, Ronaldo scored twice and assisted on a third goal in his first start for Milan as they won an exciting game 4-3. In his first season at Milan, Ronaldo scored 7 goals in 14 appearances.[1]

After his move to A.C. Milan, Ronaldo joined the list of the few players to have played for both Inter Milan and A.C. Milan in the Milan derby and is the only player to have scored for both sides in the derby game (for Inter in the 98/99 season and for Milan in the 06/07 season). Ronaldo is also one of the few players to have started for Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, which also boasts a heated rivalry. However, Ronaldo has never transferred directly between the teams in the derby. Ronaldo only played 300-plus minutes for Milan in his single season at Milan due to recurring injury problems. Ronaldo's only goals in the 2007/2008 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. It was also the first time Milan's much hyped attacking trio of Kaka, Pato and Ronaldo, known as Ka-Pa-Ro played together. In total he scored 9 goals in 20 appearances for Milan.

Despite tremendous success over the past decade, Ronaldo has never won the UEFA Champions League in his club career. During the 2006-07 season, though Milan won the 2006-07 title, Ronaldo was cup-tied with Madrid and ineligible to take part. The closest that he has been was in 2003 when he helped Real Madrid to the semi-finals, in which they lost to Juventus.

On February 13, 2008, Ronaldo suffered a severe season-ending knee injury while jumping for a cross in Milan's 1-1 draw with A.S. Livorno Calcio, and was stretchered off and taken to a hospital. Milan confirmed after the match that Ronaldo had ruptured the kneecap ligament in his left knee. It marked the third such occurrence of this injury, which he suffered twice to his right knee in 1998 and 2000.[5] He was released by Milan at the end of the season.

Free agent

On September 2, 2008, Ronaldo began the final step of the recovery from the knee surgery in Flamengo. The board of directors of the club had said that the doors were open for him.

In September 2008 Ronaldo declared that a move to Manchester City was a "great possibility",[6] but the club distanced themselves from the claim.[7]

International career

Medal record

Olympic Games

Competitor for Brazil

Men's Football

Bronze 1996 Atlanta Team Competition

Ronaldo made his international debut for Brazil in 1994, in a friendly match in Recife against Argentina. He went to the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the USA as a 17-year-old but did not play. He came to be known then as Ronaldinho, since Ronaldo Rodrigues de Jesus, his older team-mate on the tournament, was too called Ronaldo (and nicknamed Ronaldão to further distinguish them). Another Brazilian player, Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, who is widely known as Ronaldinho, would come to be called Ronaldinho Gaúcho when he joined the Brazilian main national team in 1999.

In the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ronaldo played with the name Ronaldinho ("little Ronaldo") on his shirt, since centre back Ronaldo Guiaro, two years his senior, was one of his teammates. Ronaldo won bronze medal in Atlanta.

Voted the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1996 and 1997, he scored four goals and made three assists[8] during the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The night before the final, he suffered a convulsive fit. He was initially removed from the starting lineup 72 minutes before the match but he requested to play and was later reinstated by coach Mario Zagallo. Ronaldo did not perform well and he was injured in a collision with French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez. Brazil lost the final to hosts France 3-0.[9] Adrian Williams, professor of clinical neurology at Birmingham University, said that Ronaldo should not have played, saying that he would have been feeling the after effects of the seizure and that "there is no way that he would have been able to perform to the best of his ability within 24 hours of his first fit -- if it was his first fit."[10]

Ronaldo won the Golden Shoe as the top scorer in the 2002 FIFA World Cup with eight goals. He scored against every team he came up against except England in the quarter finals and scored two in the final against Germany, helping Brazil win their fifth World Cup title. He also equaled Pelé's Brazilian record of 12 World Cup goals, adding to the four he scored in the 1998 tournament.

On June 2, 2004, Ronaldo scored a hat-trick of penalties for Brazil against archrivals Argentina in a CONMEBOL qualifier for the 2006 World Cup.

In the 2006 FIFA World Cup, although Brazil won their first two group games against Croatia and Australia, respectively, Ronaldo was repeatedly jeered for being overweight and slow (Brazil President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva questioned the national coach "Ronaldo is fat or isn't he?"). Nonetheless, coach Carlos Alberto Parreira kept him in the starting lineup in face of calls to have Ronaldo replaced. With his two goals against Japan in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he became the 20th player ever to score in three different FIFA World Cups. Ronaldo scored in the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups. On June 27, 2006, he broke the all-time World Cup Finals scoring record of 14, held by Gerd Müller after scoring his 15th World Cup goal against Ghana in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Round of 16. He also equaled a much less talked about mark: with his third goal of the 2006 World Cup, Ronaldo became only the second player ever (Jürgen Klinsmann being the other) to score at least three goals in each of three World Cups. However, Brazil were knocked out by France 1-0 in the quarter-finals.

The fallout after Brazil's disappointing performance in the World Cup saw Brazil appoint former captain Dunga as manager. His attempt to end the star culture of the Brazilian national team saw him drop Ronaldo not only from the starting line-up but from the squad altogether. He hasn't been selected since. He is fifteen goals away from becoming Brazil's all-time top-scorer.

Ronaldo is currently the third highest all-time goalscorer of the Brazil national football team. He has 62 goals trailing Zico, 66 goals and Pelé, 77. [11]

Personal life

In April 1999, Ronaldo married female Brazilian footballer Milene Domingues after he saw her playing on television and proposed to her. The marriage lasted four years and ended in divorce. The couple had a son, Ronald (born 2000). In 2005, Ronaldo got engaged to Brazilian model and MTV VJ Daniela Cicarelli, who became pregnant but suffered a miscarriage; their relationship lasted 3 months after their engagement. He ended his relationship with Brazilian supermodel Raica Oliveira in December 2006.

Since 2005, Ronaldo has been the co-owner of A1 Team Brazil, alongside Brazilian motorsports legend Emerson Fittipaldi. The team participates in the A1 Grand Prix series, with Nelson Piquet, Jr., Tony Kanaan and João Paulo Oliveira as drivers for the debut season.

On April 29, 2008, it was alleged that Ronaldo, who had returned to Brazil to continue his injury rehabilitation, had employed the company of three transvestite prostitutes in a Rio de Janeiro motel where he was alleged to be caught by his mother.[12] Police told a news conference they were also looking into an accusation by the player that one of the three transvestites tried to extort 50,000 reais (around 25,000 US dollars) in return for not telling the media about the incident.

Popular culture

Ronaldo appeared on The Simpsons in the episode "Marge Gamer", where Lisa and Homer were arguing that Lisa dived on purpose in a soccer game. Ronaldo, portrayed as traveling via backflips and intent on exposing floppers, came in and said that she did in fact dive. Upon her receiving a red card he proudly exclaimed "Another family broken up by Ronaldo! Yes!!!"

Honours

Cruzeiro

* Brazilian Cup: 1993

* Campeonato Mineiro: 1994

PSV Eindhoven

* Dutch Cup: 1996

Barcelona

* Spanish Super Cup: 1996

* Cup Winners' Cup: 1997

* Spanish Cup: 1997

Internazionale

* UEFA Cup: 1998

Real Madrid

* La Liga: 2003, 2007

* Intercontinental Cup: 2002

* Spanish Super Cup: 2003

Milan

* FIFA Club World Cup: 2007

* UEFA Super Cup: 2007

International

* FIFA World Cup: 1994, 2002

* Copa America: 1997, 1999

* FIFA Confederations Cup: 1997

* 1996 Summer Olympics: Bronze medal

Individual

* Supercopa Libertadores Top Scorer: 1993-94

* Campeonato Mineiro Top Scorer: 1993-94

* Campeonato Mineiro Team of The Year: 1994

* Eredivisie Top Scorer: 1994-95

* La Liga Top Scorer: 1996-97

* European Golden Boot: 1996-97

* La Liga Foreign Player of the Year: 1996-97

* Copa América Final Most Valuable Player: 1997

* Copa América Most Valuable Player: 1997

* Confederations Cup All-Star Team: 1997

* Cup Winners Cup Final Most Valuable Player: 1997

* IFFHS World's Top Goal Scorer of the Year: 1997

* UEFA Most Valuable Player: 1997-98

* Serie A Player of the Year: 1997-98

* Serie A Foreign Player of the Year: 1997-98

* UEFA Best Forward: 1997-98

* Bravo Award : 1997, 1998

* FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 1998

* UEFA Cup Final Most Valuable Player: 1998

* Copa América Top Scorer: 1999

* Copa América All-Star Team: 1997, 1999

* FIFA World Player of the Year: 1996, 1997, 2002

* Ballon D'or: 1997, 2002

* Onze d'Or: 1997, 2002

* FIFA World Cup Silver Ball: 2002

* FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1998, 2002

* FIFA World Cup Final Most Valuable Player: 2002

* FIFA World Cup Top Scorer: 2002

* Intercontinental Cup Most Valuable Player: 2002

* UEFA Team of The Year: 2002

* BBC Sports Personality of the Year Overseas Personality: 2002

* La Liga South American Player of the Year: 1996-97, 2002-03

* La Liga Top Scorer: 2003-04

* Golden Foot: 2006

* FIFA World Cup all-time scoring leader

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Re: Luiz Ronaldo Retitring?

It'd be a shame to see him retire but do we really want to see him at City? If he's just going to turn up, lounge around and pick up his pay check.

I can't help but dream of him having one last hurrah at City, even if it is at the expense of my team. It'd be nice to show these people who don't remember Ronaldo how much better than his namesake he is.

I'd have to think twice about leaving him out of the greatest XI of all-time...

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[quote name='Sean :);443712]Im sure some people have heard of Luiz Ronaldo retiring...

Heres a bit of his life....

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Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (pronounced [xo'nawdʊ lu'iz na'zaɾjʊ dʒɪ 'limɐ]; born September 18' date=' 1976. in Bento Ribeiro, Rio de Janeiro), generally referred to simply as Ronaldo, is a Brazilian professional footballer.

Having begun his professional career at Brazilian side Cruzeiro, Ronaldo signed with PSV Eindhoven in 1994, and after that he had tenures with FC Barcelona, Internazionale, and Real Madrid prior to joining A.C. Milan.

A former member of the Brazil national football team, Ronaldo has played 97 international matches, and was part of the Brazilian squads that won the 1994 and 2002 World Cups. He is the highest goalscorer in the history of the World Cup with 15 goals, having surpassed Gerd Müller's previous record of 14 at the 2006 tournament.

Ronaldo has won three FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 1996, 1997, 2002 and is one of two men to have won the award three times, along with former Real Madrid teammate Zinedine Zidane. He also won two "Ballon d'Or" awards in 1997 and 2002. Ronaldo has been nicknamed "The Phenomenon" (Portuguese: O Fenômeno, Spanish: El Fenómeno). Pelé named him one of the 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. In 2007 France Football named him in their best starting XI of all time.

Club career

Cruzeiro and early career

Ronaldo was born in Bento Ribeiro, a poor neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro. Like many of his friends, he began to play football in the streets of his neighborhood. Ronaldo's actual date of birth is September 18, however, his father did not register his birth certificate until September 22, so some discrepancies have existed as to his actual birth date. His first club was Tennis Club Valgueire. After that he played in Social Ramos and São Cristóvão. His football abilities were really recognised when he was 14, when he was recommended to the Brazil youth team by World Cup winner Jairzinho, who also arranged for his own former club, Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, to sign him when he was old enough for a professional contract. Ronaldo scored 12 goals in 14 games in the Brazilian National Championship, and in the Minas Gerais State Championship he scored 22 goals in 18 matches, inlcuding all three goals in Cruzeiro's 3-1 victory against arch-rival Atlético Minero. Cruzeiro won Campeonato Mineiro 1994 and Ronaldo was a top scorer. He also was a top scorer of Supercopa Libertadores in 1993. He reached a total of 45 goals in 49 official appearances.

PSV

After being scouted by Piet de Visser, he was soon transferred for US$6 million to PSV Eindhoven, where he scored 42 goals in 46 league games and reached a total of 54 goals in 57 official appearances. With PSV he won the Dutch Cupin 1996 and was Eredivisie top scorer in 1995.

Barcelona

Later he attracted the attention of FC Barcelona. He played for Barça in the 1996-97 season, scoring 47 goals in 49 games (including appearances in the Spanish Cup & Spanish Supercup and European Cup Winners Cup) on the way to leading the Catalan side to UEFA Cup Winners' Cup triumph (where he capped the season with the winning goal in the cup final itself) and to Spanish Cup and Spanish Supercup. He also won La Liga top scorer award in 1997 and as of 2008, Ronaldo is the last player to score more than 30 goals in one season in the Spanish La Liga.

Internazionale

Inter Milan signed him the following year, and Ronaldo duly helped them repeat his former side's cup-winning run, this time in the UEFA Cup. On November 21, 1999, during a Serie A match against Lecce, Ronaldo felt his knee buckle and was forced to limp off the pitch. Medical exams after the match confirmed that the striker had ruptured a tendon in his right knee and would require surgery.[1'] During his first comeback on April 12, 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.[2] After two operations and 36 months of rehabilitation, Ronaldo came back for the 2002 World Cup, helping Brazil win their fifth World Cup title. Later in 2002 he won the World Player of the Year award for the third time, and transferred from Inter to Real Madrid. He played 100 games and scored 59 goals for nerazzurri.

Real Madrid

He was sidelined through injury until October 2002. Ronaldo scored twice in his debut for Real Madrid. That same reception was observed on the night of the final game of the season against Athletic Bilbao, where Ronaldo scored again to seal his first season with 23 league goals and the La Liga Championship title for 2003, which Ronaldo had previously failed to win while with Barcelona. With Real he also won a Intercontinental Cup in 2002 and Spanish Super Cup in 2003. He was La Liga's top scorer in 2004. He is one of the best strikers in club history, after scoring 104 goals in 177 appearances.

A.C. Milan

On January 18, 2007 it was reported that Ronaldo agreed terms with A.C. Milan for a transfer of about €7.5 million.[3] Ronaldo was forced to pay for the remaining period on his contract which tied him to Real Madrid, only because the latter did not accept to release him, while A.C. Milan were not ready to pay such a sum. On Thursday, January 25 Ronaldo flew from Madrid to Milan to watch A.C. Milan in a cup tie against AS Roma. Statements on the club's website said that Ronaldo was in Milan for a medical, and that a meeting had been arranged for Monday with Real Madrid officials to discuss and finalize his transfer to Milan. On January 26 Ronaldo successfully completed his medical tests at the Milanello training complex under the supervision of club doctors, and the transfer completed on January 30[4] and got the jersey number 99. He made his debut as a substitute for Milan on February 11, 2007, during the 2-1 victory over Livorno. The next game at Siena on February 17, 2007, Ronaldo scored twice and assisted on a third goal in his first start for Milan as they won an exciting game 4-3. In his first season at Milan, Ronaldo scored 7 goals in 14 appearances.[1]

After his move to A.C. Milan, Ronaldo joined the list of the few players to have played for both Inter Milan and A.C. Milan in the Milan derby and is the only player to have scored for both sides in the derby game (for Inter in the 98/99 season and for Milan in the 06/07 season). Ronaldo is also one of the few players to have started for Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, which also boasts a heated rivalry. However, Ronaldo has never transferred directly between the teams in the derby. Ronaldo only played 300-plus minutes for Milan in his single season at Milan due to recurring injury problems. Ronaldo's only goals in the 2007/2008 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. It was also the first time Milan's much hyped attacking trio of Kaka, Pato and Ronaldo, known as Ka-Pa-Ro played together. In total he scored 9 goals in 20 appearances for Milan.

Despite tremendous success over the past decade, Ronaldo has never won the UEFA Champions League in his club career. During the 2006-07 season, though Milan won the 2006-07 title, Ronaldo was cup-tied with Madrid and ineligible to take part. The closest that he has been was in 2003 when he helped Real Madrid to the semi-finals, in which they lost to Juventus.

On February 13, 2008, Ronaldo suffered a severe season-ending knee injury while jumping for a cross in Milan's 1-1 draw with A.S. Livorno Calcio, and was stretchered off and taken to a hospital. Milan confirmed after the match that Ronaldo had ruptured the kneecap ligament in his left knee. It marked the third such occurrence of this injury, which he suffered twice to his right knee in 1998 and 2000.[5] He was released by Milan at the end of the season.

Free agent

On September 2, 2008, Ronaldo began the final step of the recovery from the knee surgery in Flamengo. The board of directors of the club had said that the doors were open for him.

In September 2008 Ronaldo declared that a move to Manchester City was a "great possibility",[6] but the club distanced themselves from the claim.[7]

International career

Medal record

Olympic Games

Competitor for Brazil

Men's Football

Bronze 1996 Atlanta Team Competition

Ronaldo made his international debut for Brazil in 1994, in a friendly match in Recife against Argentina. He went to the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the USA as a 17-year-old but did not play. He came to be known then as Ronaldinho, since Ronaldo Rodrigues de Jesus, his older team-mate on the tournament, was too called Ronaldo (and nicknamed Ronaldão to further distinguish them). Another Brazilian player, Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, who is widely known as Ronaldinho, would come to be called Ronaldinho Gaúcho when he joined the Brazilian main national team in 1999.

In the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ronaldo played with the name Ronaldinho ("little Ronaldo") on his shirt, since centre back Ronaldo Guiaro, two years his senior, was one of his teammates. Ronaldo won bronze medal in Atlanta.

Voted the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1996 and 1997, he scored four goals and made three assists[8] during the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The night before the final, he suffered a convulsive fit. He was initially removed from the starting lineup 72 minutes before the match but he requested to play and was later reinstated by coach Mario Zagallo. Ronaldo did not perform well and he was injured in a collision with French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez. Brazil lost the final to hosts France 3-0.[9] Adrian Williams, professor of clinical neurology at Birmingham University, said that Ronaldo should not have played, saying that he would have been feeling the after effects of the seizure and that "there is no way that he would have been able to perform to the best of his ability within 24 hours of his first fit -- if it was his first fit."[10]

Ronaldo won the Golden Shoe as the top scorer in the 2002 FIFA World Cup with eight goals. He scored against every team he came up against except England in the quarter finals and scored two in the final against Germany, helping Brazil win their fifth World Cup title. He also equaled Pelé's Brazilian record of 12 World Cup goals, adding to the four he scored in the 1998 tournament.

On June 2, 2004, Ronaldo scored a hat-trick of penalties for Brazil against archrivals Argentina in a CONMEBOL qualifier for the 2006 World Cup.

In the 2006 FIFA World Cup, although Brazil won their first two group games against Croatia and Australia, respectively, Ronaldo was repeatedly jeered for being overweight and slow (Brazil President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva questioned the national coach "Ronaldo is fat or isn't he?"). Nonetheless, coach Carlos Alberto Parreira kept him in the starting lineup in face of calls to have Ronaldo replaced. With his two goals against Japan in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he became the 20th player ever to score in three different FIFA World Cups. Ronaldo scored in the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups. On June 27, 2006, he broke the all-time World Cup Finals scoring record of 14, held by Gerd Müller after scoring his 15th World Cup goal against Ghana in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Round of 16. He also equaled a much less talked about mark: with his third goal of the 2006 World Cup, Ronaldo became only the second player ever (Jürgen Klinsmann being the other) to score at least three goals in each of three World Cups. However, Brazil were knocked out by France 1-0 in the quarter-finals.

The fallout after Brazil's disappointing performance in the World Cup saw Brazil appoint former captain Dunga as manager. His attempt to end the star culture of the Brazilian national team saw him drop Ronaldo not only from the starting line-up but from the squad altogether. He hasn't been selected since. He is fifteen goals away from becoming Brazil's all-time top-scorer.

Ronaldo is currently the third highest all-time goalscorer of the Brazil national football team. He has 62 goals trailing Zico, 66 goals and Pelé, 77. [11]

Personal life

In April 1999, Ronaldo married female Brazilian footballer Milene Domingues after he saw her playing on television and proposed to her. The marriage lasted four years and ended in divorce. The couple had a son, Ronald (born 2000). In 2005, Ronaldo got engaged to Brazilian model and MTV VJ Daniela Cicarelli, who became pregnant but suffered a miscarriage; their relationship lasted 3 months after their engagement. He ended his relationship with Brazilian supermodel Raica Oliveira in December 2006.

Since 2005, Ronaldo has been the co-owner of A1 Team Brazil, alongside Brazilian motorsports legend Emerson Fittipaldi. The team participates in the A1 Grand Prix series, with Nelson Piquet, Jr., Tony Kanaan and João Paulo Oliveira as drivers for the debut season.

On April 29, 2008, it was alleged that Ronaldo, who had returned to Brazil to continue his injury rehabilitation, had employed the company of three transvestite prostitutes in a Rio de Janeiro motel where he was alleged to be caught by his mother.[12] Police told a news conference they were also looking into an accusation by the player that one of the three transvestites tried to extort 50,000 reais (around 25,000 US dollars) in return for not telling the media about the incident.

Popular culture

Ronaldo appeared on The Simpsons in the episode "Marge Gamer", where Lisa and Homer were arguing that Lisa dived on purpose in a soccer game. Ronaldo, portrayed as traveling via backflips and intent on exposing floppers, came in and said that she did in fact dive. Upon her receiving a red card he proudly exclaimed "Another family broken up by Ronaldo! Yes!!!"

Honours

Cruzeiro

* Brazilian Cup: 1993

* Campeonato Mineiro: 1994

PSV Eindhoven

* Dutch Cup: 1996

Barcelona

* Spanish Super Cup: 1996

* Cup Winners' Cup: 1997

* Spanish Cup: 1997

Internazionale

* UEFA Cup: 1998

Real Madrid

* La Liga: 2003, 2007

* Intercontinental Cup: 2002

* Spanish Super Cup: 2003

Milan

* FIFA Club World Cup: 2007

* UEFA Super Cup: 2007

International

* FIFA World Cup: 1994, 2002

* Copa America: 1997, 1999

* FIFA Confederations Cup: 1997

* 1996 Summer Olympics: Bronze medal

Individual

* Supercopa Libertadores Top Scorer: 1993-94

* Campeonato Mineiro Top Scorer: 1993-94

* Campeonato Mineiro Team of The Year: 1994

* Eredivisie Top Scorer: 1994-95

* La Liga Top Scorer: 1996-97

* European Golden Boot: 1996-97

* La Liga Foreign Player of the Year: 1996-97

* Copa América Final Most Valuable Player: 1997

* Copa América Most Valuable Player: 1997

* Confederations Cup All-Star Team: 1997

* Cup Winners Cup Final Most Valuable Player: 1997

* IFFHS World's Top Goal Scorer of the Year: 1997

* UEFA Most Valuable Player: 1997-98

* Serie A Player of the Year: 1997-98

* Serie A Foreign Player of the Year: 1997-98

* UEFA Best Forward: 1997-98

* Bravo Award : 1997, 1998

* FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 1998

* UEFA Cup Final Most Valuable Player: 1998

* Copa América Top Scorer: 1999

* Copa América All-Star Team: 1997, 1999

* FIFA World Player of the Year: 1996, 1997, 2002

* Ballon D'or: 1997, 2002

* Onze d'Or: 1997, 2002

* FIFA World Cup Silver Ball: 2002

* FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1998, 2002

* FIFA World Cup Final Most Valuable Player: 2002

* FIFA World Cup Top Scorer: 2002

* Intercontinental Cup Most Valuable Player: 2002

* UEFA Team of The Year: 2002

* BBC Sports Personality of the Year Overseas Personality: 2002

* La Liga South American Player of the Year: 1996-97, 2002-03

* La Liga Top Scorer: 2003-04

* Golden Foot: 2006

* FIFA World Cup all-time scoring leader

:)

I dont expect for you to read this all...

But this has taken a long time!

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Pfft half of it has come from Wiki :P

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Re: Luiz Ronaldo Retitring?

In his peak he was the best striker of this era in the world, his goals record is amazing but I really liked watching him play. For a chubby guy he was so skillful and really exciting to see.

The thing thats so great about him though is his time happened to come at the time when there was dozens of the best strikers in history (Henry, Nistlerooy, Raul etc) and he was the best of them.

Maybe he will do a Marradona and go on to manage Brazil someday.

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Re: Luiz Ronaldo Retitring?

No, he wouldn't. Corinthians is perfect for him. His wonderful career is declining - why go to City where he would rarely play, and tarnish a brilliant career even more? He's better off returning to his home country, back where he feels comfortable, along people of the same language, where he can enjoy himself, at an easier and less competitive level.

He quite blatantly plays SM, just joined Corinthians to avoid dropping in the Free Agents. :P By the time Brazil gets reviewed, he'll be at another club. ;)

Probably drop just as much tbh. Down to 87/88 as a Free, down to a similar rating now, considering Corinthians are in Div 2. Then down to 86 next time probs, short of doing something spectacular.

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Re: Luiz Ronaldo Retitring?

No' date=' he wouldn't. Corinthians is perfect for him. His wonderful career is declining - why go to City where he would rarely play, and tarnish a brilliant career even more? He's better off returning to his home country, back where he feels comfortable, along people of the same language, where he can enjoy himself, at an easier and less competitive level.

He quite blatantly plays SM, just joined Corinthians to avoid dropping in the Free Agents. :P By the time Brazil gets reviewed, he'll be at another club. ;)

Probably drop just as much tbh. Down to 87/88 as a Free, down to a similar rating now, considering Corinthians are in Div 2. Then down to 86 next time probs, short of doing something spectacular.[/quote']

Corinthians have secured promotion thou, so a good move for him, maybe not so good a move for all the people paying over 10 mil for him off the free agents list thou lol

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