Ronaldinho is a Brazilian footballer considered to be one of the best players of his generation. A player regarded for his technique, tricks, overhead kicks, and dribbling, he was a member of Brazil’s 2002 World Cup-winning team. Playing in his very first World Cup, in 2002, he scored the game-winning score in a quarter-final victory over England. Along with Ronaldo and Rivaldo, he was a part of the attacking trio that made the Brazilian team one of the most formidable ones in international football. Born as the son of a small-time footballer, Ronaldinho developed an early interest in the game and started playing in the youth club matches by the time he was eight.
He first caught the media’s attention when as a 13-year-old he scored all 23 goals in a 23–0 victory against a local team. Identified as a rising star, he made his senior side debut during the 1998 Copa Libertadores and eventually signed a five-year contract with French side Paris Saint-Germain in 2001. He was a member of the Brazilian squad in the World Cup 2002 and played an active role in helping his team clinch the championship. He, later on, he joined the FC Barcelona of the Spanish league and achieved great success over the next few years, winning back-to-back FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 2004 and 2005.
Ronaldinho (Gaucho) Bio/Wiki
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Family, Education & More
Ronaldo de Assis Moreira was born on 21 March 1980 in the city of Porto Alegre, the state capital of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. His mother, Miguelina Elói Assis dos Santos, is a former salesperson who studied to become a nurse. His father, João de Assis Moreira, was a shipyard worker and footballer for local club Esporte Clube Cruzeiro (not to be confused with the larger Cruzeiro Esporte Clube).
After Ronaldo’s older brother Roberto signed with Grêmio, the family moved to a home in the more affluent Guarujá section of Porto Alegre, which was a gift from Grêmio to convince Roberto to stay at the club, but Roberto’s career was ultimately cut short by injury. It was in their new home where his father hit his head and drowned in the swimming pool when Ronaldo was eight. Today, Roberto acts as his manager, while his sister Deisi works as his press coordinator.
Ronaldinho Net Worth
Ronaldinho net worth: Ronaldinho is a retired Brazilian football (soccer) player who has a net worth of $90 million. Ronaldinho was born Ronaldo de Assis Moreira in Porto Alegre, the Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Ronaldinho was an attacking midfielder and forward who spent his youth career with Gremio. He played for Gremio’s senior team from 1998 to 2001 scoring 21 goals in 52 appearances. Ronaldinho played for Paris Saint-Germain from 2001 to 2003 where he scored 17 goals in 55 caps.
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He played for Barcelona from 2003 to 2008 and scored 70 goals in 145 games. Ronaldinho played for Milan from 2008 to 2011 and scored 20 goals in 76 appearances. He played for Flamengo from 2011 to 2012, scoring 15 goals in 33 caps. Ronaldinho played for Atletico Mineiro from 2012 to 2014 where he scored 16 goals in 48 games. He played for Queretaro from 2014 to 2015 and finished with Fluminense in 2015. He won the Ballon d’Or in 2005 and is known for his exceptional dribbling and free-kick abilities. Ronaldinho was considered to be the “Best Soccer Player in the World.”
Ronaldinho Wife, Affairs and More
Irina Shayk – Russian model, Irina Shayk, and Ronaldinho have dated in the past.
Lisa Collins (2002) – In July 2002, it was reported that the Brazilian wizard had a fling with the English exotic dancer Lisa Collins. It was claimed that they had met during his visit to the Parisian club, where she used to work.
Ximena Capristo (2006) – In November 2006, he was linked with the Argentine model Ximena Capristo by the Argentine press. They were dating for quite some time and in her interview with the press, she claimed that they chated all the time, which was seen as a confirmation of their relationship.
Janaína Mendes (2002-2005) – Ronaldinho started dating dancer Janaína Mendes in 2002. He had first met her at Domingão do Faustão in Brazil. They got married in May 2004. In February 2005, she gave birth to their son, Joao, who was named after Ronaldinho’s late father. However, their marriage didn’t last long as he would later claim that marriage wasn’t for him.
Alexandra Paressant (2006) – In aftermath of Brazil’s embarrassing exit from the 2006 World Cup, the Italian model Alexandra Paressant sold her story to the press, in which she claimed that Ronaldinho pulled out all night romps with her while at the world cup with his national team. She even claimed that he broke a few curfew rules for her. He threatened to sue her for making malicious allegations.
Sara Tommasi (2010-2011) – In 2010, the Italian media linked Ronaldinho with Italian actress and TV personality, Sara Tommasi. She herself gave an interview in December 2010 to confirm that they had been dating for about two months. However, their relationship didn’t last long into the following year.
Ronaldinho Wife: Priscilla Coelho – In May 2018, it was reported that Ronaldinho was going to get married to his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Coelho. The report claimed that he had been dating Priscilla for several years.
Ronaldinho Wife: Beatriz Souza (2016-Present) – Priscilla wasn’t the only woman Ronaldinho was slated to get married to in August 2018. The reports claimed that he was going to get married to Beatriz Souza on the same day as well. He had started dating Souza in December 2016 and she had been living with him along with Priscilla. He gave equal allowance to both his girlfriends and even had the habit of giving both of the exact same presents.
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- Ronaldinho signed his first professional contract to play for Grêmio and made his senior side debut during the 1998 Copa Libertadores. He achieved considerable success playing for the team and helped them win the inaugural Copa Sul-Minas.
- In 2001, he signed a five-year contract with French side Paris Saint-Germain and played a key role in the 2001–02 edition of the Coupe de la Ligue, helping his team reach the semi-finals where they were eliminated by Bordeaux.
- He was a part of Brazil’s football team that won the FIFA World Cup in 2002. In the team, he starred alongside two other football legends, Ronaldo and Rivaldo.
- He joined the FC Barcelona of the Spanish league in 2003 and won his first league title in 2004–05. He was at the peak of his form during this time and was named FIFA World Player of the Year on two consecutive years.
- In the 2005-06 season, he played a pivotal role in helping Barcelona win their first Champions League title in 14 years. He performed brilliantly throughout the season and finished the season with a career-best 26 goals, including 7 in the Champions League. He scored his 50th career league goal against Villarrea in November 2006.
- Overall he enjoyed a very successful career with Barcelona and played his 200th career match for the team in a league match against Osasuna on 3 February 2008. However, he was plagued by injuries for most of the 2007-08 season.
- In July 2008 he signed a three-year contract with Milan and finished his first season with the team with 10 goals from 32 appearances in all competitions. His stint with Milan was not very successful and he joined Flamengo in 2011.
- He moved to Atlético Mineiro in June 2012, signing a six-month contract. In 2013, he helped the team win Campeonato Mineiro and led his club to its first-ever title of the Copa Libertadores. Following his successful stint with the team, he renewed his contract in January 2014 and played for the club till July 2014.
- In September 2014 he signed a two-year contract with the Mexican club Querétaro.
Some Known Facts About Ronaldinho
- He started showing off his skills at the age of 8 on the futsal courts. He was also given his popular name ‘Ronaldinho’ at this age as he was usually the smallest and youngest player in the club matches.
- He managed to grab nationwide attention at the age of 13 after he scored 23 goals in his side’s 23-0 victory over a local side.
- In 1999, Ronaldinho announced his arrival on the national scale by humiliating World Cup-winning captain Dunga as he inspired Gremio in the Rio Grande do Sul State Championship final victory. In one play, he flicked the ball over Dunga’s head before speeding away, while he left him sprawling with another mazy dribble.
- In 2001, the English giants Arsenal tried to bring him over to the English shores but the transfer collapsed as he couldn’t secure work permit because he was a non-EU player and hadn’t played sufficient matches for his national side.
- He eventually secured a move to Europe by moving to the French side Paris Saint-Germain in a €5 million transfer in 2001. He had signed a five-year deal with them but would end up staying there for only 2 years.
- In 2003, he moved to Barcelona FC, who managed to overcome competition from English giants Manchester United. The English side had even given him a personal tour of their facilities but it has been claimed that he was put off by English weather.
- Ronaldinho’s signing by Joan Laporta was seen as a political move by some as he had failed to deliver David Beckham after promising Englishman’s signing during his election campaign. Ronaldinho proved much better signing than that of Beckham by Real Madrid.
- He missed out most of the first half of his debut season with Barcelona due to an injury. By the mid-season, his side was languishing at the 12th position but his return galvanized his side and they managed to finish second.
- In September 2005, he signed a two-year extension with Barcelona, which included a release clause of £85 million. They had previously offered him a contract worth £85 million with 9 years extension but he turned it down due to extensive length of the contract.
- In November 2005, he became the second Barcelona player after legendary Diego Maradona to receive the standing ovation from Real Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium as he led his side’s 3-0 demolition of their arch-rivals.
- In 2006, he won first double that includes the league title and European title as he led Barcelona to La Liga and UEFA Champions League titles.
- With growing concerns regarding his partying lifestyle and the negative effect it was having on the young prodigy Lionel Messi, Barcelona decided to sell him to AC Milan in July 2008. His lack of dedication to the training regime had also led to his physical decline.
- In May 2012, he filed a lawsuit against his side Flamengo over their failure to pay his salary for the last 4 months. He also canceled his contract with them. In his single full season with the Brazilian side, he won Campeonato Carioca title, Taça Guanabara title, and the Taça Rio.
- In 2013, he played a monumental role in leading Atlético Mineiro to their first-ever Copa Libertadores title.
- His side had also won Campeonato Mineiro and because of his tremendous performances, he was recognized as the 2013 South American Footballer of the Year.
- In July 2015, Ronaldinho returned to the Brazilian soccer by signing a contract with Fluminense. However, in September, it was announced that he had reached mutual agreement to have his contract terminated as he wasn’t satisfied with his performances.
- At the 2002 FIFA World Cup, he formed a deadly attacking partnership with Ronaldo and Rivaldo, which played a key role in leading Brazil to its record fifth World Cup title.
- After his side’s disappointing performance at the 2006 World Cup, he along with Adriano were the target of Brazilian fans’ anger. The fact that he held a party at his home in Barcelona that continued into the early hours of the morning at the nightclub immediately after their exit from the tournament didn’t help the public mood.
- In February 2006, he was appointed in an official role by UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.
- In 2011, Ronaldinho was roped in by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS to raise awareness about the disease amongst young people and to educate them on prevention.
- In January 2018, his brother and agent confirmed that Ronaldinho was retiring from soccer.
- In 2005, he captained the Brazilian national side to the Confederations Cup title. He was even named Man of the Match in his side’s 4-1 victory over Argentina in the final.
How Many Goals Did Ronaldinho Score?
With 70 Scored In The League, Four In The Cup, 14 In The Champions League, Four In The Uefa Cup, One In The Spanish Super Cup And One In The Club World Cup, Ronaldinho Totalled 94 Goals For The Blaugrana. During The Five Seasons That Ronaldinho Wore The Barça Shirt, The Brazilian Played In 207 Official Matches.
How Many Times Did Ronaldinho Win The Ballon D Or?
Lionel Messi And Cristiano Ronaldo Have Won The Award A Record Five Times Each. Three Players Have Won The Award Three Times Each: Johan Cruyff Of Ajax And Barcelona, Michel Platini Of Juventus And Marco Van Basten Of Milan. With Seven Awards Each, Dutch, German And Portuguese Players Won The Most Ballon D’or.
What Does Ronaldinho Mean?
One Became Known As Ronaldo, Meaning “Big Ronaldo.” Another Became Ronaldinho, Meaning “Little Ronaldo.” When Another Ronaldinho Came Along In The Late 1990S, He Was Called Ronaldinho Gaucho That Is, “Little Ronaldo From Rio Grande Do Sul.”