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Ronaldinho
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Personal information
Full name Ronaldo de Assis Moreira
Date of birth 21 March 1980 (1980-03-21) (age 40)
Place of birth    Porto Alegre, Flag of Brazil Brazil
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Forward
Youth clubs
1987–1998 Flag of Brazil Grêmio
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
1998–2001
2001–2003
2003–2008
2008–2010
2010-2012
2012-2014
2014–2015
2015
Total
Flag of Brazil Grêmio
Flag of France Paris Saint-Germain
Flag of Spain Barcelona
Flag of Italy Milan
Flag of Brazil Flamengo
Flag of Brazil Atlético Mineiro
Flag of Brazil Querétaro
Flag of Brazil Fluminense
052 0(21)
055 0(17)
145 0(70)
076 0(20)
033 0(15)
048 0(17)
025 00(8)
0000(0)
441 (167)   
National team
1999–2013 Flag of Brazil Brazil 097 0(33)

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (born 21 March 1980), commonly known as Ronaldinho (ʁonawˈdʒĩɲu) or Ronaldinho Gaúcho, is a Brazilian former professional footballer and ambassador for Spanish club FC Barcelona after signing for them in September 2016. His main playing position is as an attacking midfielder or forward. He won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2004 and 2005. Renowned for his technique, tricks, dribbling, overhead kicks, no-look passes and free kicks, Ronaldinho is regarded to be one of the best players of his generation.

"Ronaldinho", the diminutive and term of endearment for "Ronaldo", is accompanied in Brazilian usage by the nickname "Gaúcho" (since he hails from southern Brazil), in order to distinguish him from fellow footballer and countryman Ronaldo, who was known as "Ronaldinho" in Brazil beforehand. Ronaldo went by his first name upon his move to Europe, thereby allowing Ronaldinho to drop the "Gaúcho" and go by the name Ronaldinho abroad.

Ronaldinho has played 97 matches and scored 33 goals for the Brazil national team. He was an integral part of the 2002 FIFA World Cup-winning team in Korea and Japan, starring alongside Ronaldo and Rivaldo in an attacking trio, and was named in the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team.

At club level, Ronaldinho played first for the Brazilian club Grêmio before spending the bulk of his career with European clubs Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Milan. He then returned to Brazil to play for Flamengo and Atlético Mineiro before moving to Mexico to play for Querétaro. With Barcelona, he won La Liga twice, the UEFA Champions League in 2006 and accumulated numerous individual awards, including the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005 and the Ballon d'Or in 2005. Ronaldinho was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the world's greatest living players compiled by Pelé, and to the FIFPro World XI from 2005–2007.

Honours

Club

Grêmio
Paris Saint-Germain
Barcelona
Milan
Flamengo
Atlético Mineiro

International

Brazil
Brazil U23
  • CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournament (1): 1999
  • Olympic Bronze Medal (1): 2008
Brazil U17

Individual

  • FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Ball (1): 1999
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Shoe (1): 1999
  • Rio Grande do Sul State Championship Top Scorer (1): 1999
  • CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournament Top Scorer (1): 2000
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team (1): 2002
  • FIFA 100
  • La Liga Ibero-American Player of the Year (1): 2004
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Bronze Ball (1): 2005
  • World Soccer Magazine World Player of The Year (2): 2004, 2005
  • FIFA World Player of the Year (2): 2004, 2005
  • Ballon d'Or (1): 2005
  • Onze d'Or (1): 2005
  • La Liga Assist Leader (1): 2005–06
  • UEFA Club Forward of the Year (1): 2004–05
  • UEFA Club Footballer of the Year (1): 2005–06
  • UEFA Team of the Year (3): 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06
  • ESM Team of the Year (3): 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06
  • Don Balón Award (2): 2003–04, 2005–06
  • FIFPro World Player of the Year (1): 2005
  • FIFPro World XI (3): 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07
  • FIFA World Player of the Year – Bronze award (1): 2006
  • Serie A Assist Leader (1): 2009–10
  • Golden Foot (1): 2009
  • Bola de Ouro (1): 2012
  • South American Footballer of the Year (1): 2013
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame
  • UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year (substitute; published 2015)

Other

In 2012, two Brazilian entomologists named a new species of bee, from Brazil, Eulaema quadragintanovem, stating that "the specific epithet honors the Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, famous worldwide as 'Ronaldinho' and in Brazil as ‘Ronaldinho Gaúcho’. 'Quadraginta novem' means forty-nine, the number of Ronaldinho's T-shirt at Clube Atlético Mineiro (CAM), his former team in Brazil. Ronaldinho chose the number 49 as an homage to his mother, born in 1949."

External links

Ballon d'Or / European Footballer of the Year winners

1956: Matthews · 1957: Di Stéfano · 1958: Kopa · 1959: Di Stéfano · 1960: Suárez · 1961: Sívori · 1962: Masopust · 1963: Yashin · 1964: Law · 1965: Eusébio · 1966: Charlton · 1967: Albert · 1968: Best · 1969: Rivera · 1970: Müller · 1971: Cruyff · 1972: Beckenbauer · 1973: Cruyff · 1974: Cruyff · 1975: Blokhin · 1976: Beckenbauer · 1977: Simonsen · 1978: Keegan · 1979: Keegan · 1980: Rummenigge · 1981: Rummenigge · 1982: Rossi · 1983: Platini · 1984: Platini · 1985: Platini · 1986: Belanov · 1987: Gullit · 1988: van Basten · 1989: van Basten · 1990: Matthäus · 1991: Papin · 1992: van Basten · 1993: Baggio · 1994: Stoichkov · 1995: Weah · 1996: Sammer · 1997: Ronaldo · 1998: Zidane · 1999: Rivaldo · 2000: Figo · 2001: Owen · 2002: Ronaldo · 2003: Nedvěd · 2004: Shevchenko · 2005: Ronaldinho · 2006: Cannavaro · 2007: Kaká · 2008: C. Ronaldo · 2009: Messi · 2010: Messi · 2011: Messi · 2012: Messi · 2013: Ronaldo 2014: Ronaldo

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1. Dida 2. Cafu (c) 3. Lúcio 4. Juan 5. Emerson 6. Roberto Carlos 7. Adriano 8. Kaká 9. Ronaldo 10. Ronaldinho 11. Zé Roberto 12. Rogério Ceni 13. Cicinho 14. Luisão 15. Cris 16. Gilberto 17. Gilberto Silva 18. Mineiro 19. Juninho 20. Ricardinho 21. Fred 22. Júlio César 23. Robinho

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