Ronaldo de Assis Moreira was born on March 21, 1980 in Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul. The Brazilian footballer is commonly known as Ronaldinho. He received this nickname because he was often the youngest and the smallest player in the youth football club matches. Ronaldinho is the diminutive and term of endearment for “Ronaldo.” Ronaldinho’s father is Joao de Assis Moreira, a shipyard worker and footballer for his local club, Esporte Clube Cruzeiro. His mother is Dona Miguelina, a former salesperson who studied to become a nurse.
Ronaldinho began his football or soccer career at a very young age. Ronaldinho was first noticed by the media at age thirteen when he scored all 23 of the 23-0 scored game against a local team. In 1997, Ronaldinho was labeled a rising star at the 1997 U-17 World Championship in Egypt. In these championships, Ronaldinho scored two goals on penalty kicks.
During Ronaldinho’s youth career, he played for Gremio from 1987-1998. Ronaldinho’s Senior career began in 1998. He played for Gremio rom 1998-2001. In 2001-2003 Ronaldinho played for Paris Saint-Germain. From 2003-2008 Ronaldinho’s was a member of the Barcelona team. Milan claimed Ronaldinho from 2008-2011. Most recently the Brazilian footballer has joined the Flemengo team and the Brazilian National team.
Ronaldinho is known as a free-kick specialist and recognized for his exceptional dribbling ability. While playing for Barcelona he was considered one of the most talented players in the world. He is often cited one of the best players in the history of the game. Ronaldinho is a two time FIFA World Player of the Year winner from 2004 and 2005.
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