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This is a Portuguese name; the family name is Nazário de Lima.
Ronaldo
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Personal information
Full name Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima
Date of birth 22 September 1976 (1976-09-22) (age 33)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Corinthians
Number 9
Youth career
1986–1989 Tennis Club Valqueire
1989–1990 Social Ramos Club
1990–1993 São Cristóvão
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Cruzeiro 14 (12)
1994–1996 PSV 46 (42)
1996–1997 Barcelona 37 (34)
1997–2002 Internazionale 68 (49)
2002–2007 Real Madrid 127 (83)
2007–2008 Milan 20 (9)
2009– Corinthians 35 (21)
National team
1994–2006 Brazil 97 (62 [1])
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 March 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:28, 28 September 2008 (UTC)
Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁoˈnawdu luˈiz naˈzaɾiu dʒi ˈlimɐ]; born 22 September 1976), commonly known as Ronaldo, is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays for Corinthians and was one of the most prolific scorers in the 1990s and in the early 21st century. .Ronaldo won his first Ballon d'Or as the European Footballer of the Year in 1997 and again in 2002.^ Look at how they trated Ronaldo in his first few years at madrid.
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.He is also one of only two men to have won the FIFA Player of the Year award three times, along with French footballer Zinedine Zidane.^ Three-time Ballon d'Or winner Johan Cruyff said in an interview on 2 April 2008, "Ronaldo is better than George Best and Denis Law , who were two brilliant and great players in the history of United."

^ He was awarded the Silver Ball after finishing with two goals as United won the Club World Cup on 19 December.

^ He was named the FIFPro World Player of the Year 3 and the FIFA World Player of the Year , in addition to becoming Manchester United's first Ballon d'Or winner in 40 years.

.In 2007, he was named as one of the best starting eleven of all-time by France Football and was named to the FIFA 100, a list of the greatest footballers compiled by fellow countryman Pelé.^ He may end up being the greatest player of all time.
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In 2010, he was voted Goal.com's Player Of The Decade by an online poll, gathering 43.63% of all votes[2] and was also included as Centre Forward in The Team Of The Decade.[3] .On February 23th 2010, Ronaldo announced that he will retire after the 2011 season, signing a two-year contract extension with the Corinthians at the same time [4].^ Ronaldo is brilliant but has only showed this level of consistency for two years now.
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^ Only last year he signed a new 5 year contract, which boosted his income considerably, this after similiar speculation.
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^ Will Ronaldo have another season like last year?
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Ronaldo has played for Brazil in 97 international matches, amassing 62 goals. He was a part of the Brazilian squad that won the 1994, and 2002 World Cups. During the 2006 World Cup, Ronaldo became the highest goalscorer in the history of the World Cup with his fifteenth goal, surpassing Gerd Müller's previous record of 14.

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Career

Club career

1993-1994: Cruzeiro

.In 1988, Ronaldo began his football career playing for Cruzeiro which was already going on to become a successful club.^ Cristiano Ronaldo FIFA competition record Cristiano Ronaldo career stats at Soccerbase Cristiano Ronaldo at footballdatabase.com Cristiano Ronaldo at National Football Teams Cristiano Ronaldo at the Internet Movie Database .

^ Cristiano Ronaldo , OIH ( Portuguese pronunciation: [kɾɨʃˈtiɐnu ʁuˈnaɫdu] ; born 5 February 1985) 1 is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and serves as captain of the Portuguese national team .

^ When he was 15, Ronaldo was diagnosed with a racing heart, a condition that might have forced him to give up playing football.

In his first and only year with Cruzeiro, he amassed 12 goals in 14 appearances and lead them to their first Copa do Brasil championship.

1994-1996: PSV Eindhoven

After he was scouted by famous Dutch scout Piet de Visser, he was soon transferred for US$6 million to PSV in 1994, where he scored 42 goals in 46 league games and reached a total of 54 goals in 57 official appearances. With PSV, Ronaldo won the Dutch Cup in 1996 and was Eredivisie top scorer in 1995

1996-1997: Barcelona

Ronaldo scoring the winning penalty in the 1997 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final against Paris Saint-Germain.
Later, he attracted the attention of Barcelona through the interest of Sir Bobby Robson, the manager at the time. He played for Barça in the 1996-97 season, scoring an incredible 47 goals in 49 games (in all competitions) 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 Copa del Rey and Supercopa de España wins. He also won La Liga top scorer award in 1997 with 34 goals in 37 games. Until the 2008–09 season, Ronaldo remained the last player to score more than 30 goals in La Liga. At the age of twenty, Ronaldo became the youngest player to win FIFA World Player of the Year in 1996. He also finished runner-up for the Ballon d'Or.

1997-2002: Internazionale

Inter signed him the following year for a then world record fee, and Ronaldo duly helped them repeat his former side's cup-winning run, this time in the UEFA Cup, in which he scored their third goal in the final itself.
Ronaldo adapted to the Italian style of the game in his first season, finishing second on the league's scoring charts. Ronaldo started to develop into a complete forward. He began racking up assists, became first-choice penalty taker, taking and scoring freekicks, and captaining the team at the end of the season. During his time with Inter, he scored several goals against A.C. Milan. He won FIFA World Player of the Year for the second time in 1997, and collected the Ballon d'Or the same year. .The following year, after the FIFA World Cup, he finished second for FIFA player of the year, and third for European Footballer of the Year.^ As a European player in a European league, you should have the sense to call him a football player, not a soccer player.
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.On November 21, 1999, during a Serie A match against Lecce, Ronaldo felt his knee buckle and was forced to limp off the pitch.^ Skills Ronaldo Lima Ronaldo Does a little Elastico on the Atletico Bilbao defender during spanish league match.
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Medical exams after the match confirmed that the striker had ruptured a tendon in his knee and would require surgery.[5] 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.[6] After two operations and 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.^ A rep for United said, "At Cristiano's request — who has again expressed his desire to leave — and after discussion with the player's representatives, United have agreed to give Real Madrid permission to talk to the player.
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^ Soccer stud Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted a world record transfer offer from Real Madrid.
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^ He will agree (or not) personal terms that Real Madrid will pay in addition to the transfer fee.
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Ronaldo was given his most recognizable nickname O Fenômeno by the Italian press while playing there. He was named the 20th top footballer of all time for Inter according to Times Online and only his injuries prevented a higher ranking. He played 99 games and scored 59 goals for nerazzurri.

2002-2007: Real Madrid

Ronaldo playing for Real Madrid
.Having signed for Real Madrid for 39 million euros, His jersey sales broke all records on the first day, such was the obsession and hype surrounding him.^ Soccer stud Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted a world record transfer offer from Real Madrid.
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He was sidelined through injury until October 2002 but the fans kept on chanting his name. .Ronaldo scored twice in his debut for Real Madrid.^ Soccer stud Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted a world record transfer offer from Real Madrid.
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He received a standing ovation in the Santiago Bernabeu. .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.^ Ronaldo Lima scored 47 goals for Barcelona and was quite successful.
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^ Skills Ronaldo Lima Ronaldo Does a little Elastico on the Atletico Bilbao defender during spanish league match.
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^ Cristiano Ronaldo : CR9 : The New King Of La Liga .
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.With Real he also won a Intercontinental Cup in 2002 and Spanish Super Cup in 2003. In the second leg of Real Madrid's Champions League quarter-final, Ronaldo scored a hattrick against Manchester United to knock them out of the competition.^ MeXiCaN bItCh says – reply to this 47 he was bitchin´ about how manchester united didn´t won the champions now he´s going down i really feel bad about him he will lose every competition in that horrible team i bet it´s going to be something like beckham So sad i thought he was going to be better than that!!
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^ A rep for United said, "At Cristiano's request — who has again expressed his desire to leave — and after discussion with the player's representatives, United have agreed to give Real Madrid permission to talk to the player.
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^ Soccer stud Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted a world record transfer offer from Real Madrid.
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Real was on track to win the treble until Ronaldo was injured towards the end of the 03/04 season, and they lost the Copa del Rey final, were knocked out of the Champions league Semi-finals, and suffered a league form breakdown. This season he finished as the league's top scorer and was awarded the Pichichi despite Real losing the league title to Valencia. Real Madrid were knocked out of the first round of the last 16 in the Champions League by Arsenal, and went a third straight season without a trophy. During his time at Real Madrid, Ronaldo has scored against some of their biggest opponents including several against rivals Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. With the acquisition of Ruud Van Nistelrooy in 2006, Ronaldo grew more and more out of favor with the manager Fabio Capello due to injuries and weight issues.

2007-2008: Milan

On 18 January 2007, it was reported that Ronaldo agreed terms with Milan for a transfer of €7.5 million.[7] .Ronaldo was forced to pay for the remaining period on his contract which tied him to Real Madrid, only because the latter did not agree to release him, while Milan were not ready to pay such a sum.^ Willing to bet my life that people only find him hot because of his cash and athletic prowess.
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On Thursday, January 25 Ronaldo flew from Madrid to Milan to watch Milan in a cup tie against 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.^ A source said of the Real Madrid winger: “He can spend well over an hour every day toning his abs, sometimes while watching telly.” .
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On 26 January, Ronaldo successfully completed his medical tests at the Milanello training complex under the supervision of club doctors, and the transfer completed on January 30[8] and got the jersey number 99. He made his debut as a substitute for Milan on 11 February 2007, during the 2-1 victory over Livorno. The next game at Siena on 17 February 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.[5]
After his move to Milan, Ronaldo joined the list of the few players to have played for both Internazionale and 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 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 and weight issues. 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 Kaká, Alexandre 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 13 February 2008, Ronaldo suffered a severe season-ending knee injury while jumping for a cross in Milan's 1-1 draw with Livorno, 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.[9] He was released by Milan at the end of the season, as his contract expired and was not renewed.

2009-: Corinthians

Ronaldo trained with Flamengo during his recovery from knee surgery, and the club's board of directors said that the doors were open for him to join. However, on 9 December, Ronaldo signed a one-year deal with Flamengo's league rival Corinthians.[10] The announcement received high publicity in the Brazilian press about his favouring Corinthians over Flamengo, since Ronaldo publicly declared himself a Flamengo lover and had promised to defend the club.[11]
Ronaldo played his first match for Corinthians on 4 March 2009, a Copa do Brasil match against Itumbiara at Estádio Juscelino Kubitschek, in which he came as a substitute for Jorge Henrique.[12] Ronaldo scored his first goal for Corinthians on March 8, 2009, in a Campeonato Paulista match against Palmeiras.[13] .He helped Corinthians win the Campeonato Paulista with 10 goals in 14 games.^ On 10 September 2009, in a World Cup qualification match against Hungary , Ronaldo provided an assist for the first goal scored by Simão and Portugal went to win the game 3–0.

^ In the second leg against Porto , Ronaldo scored a 40-yard game-winning goal as United advanced to the semi-finals.

[14]
.Ronaldo helping Corinthians defeat Internacional with an aggregate score of 4-2 to help the club win its third Brazil Cup (the second of his career), thus earning a spot in the Copa Libertadores 2010. He returned on September 20 in a match against Goias.^ Ronaldo scored his first hat trick for Manchester United in a 6–0 win against Newcastle United at Old Trafford on 12 January 2008, bringing Manchester United up to the top of the Premier League table.

^ Ronaldo scored another brace in a 4–0 win over Aston Villa on 29 March, which at the time gave him 35 goals in 37 domestic and European matches as both a starter and substitute.

^ The second of the goals was his 33rd of the campaign, which set a new club single-season scoring record by a midfielder and thus topped George Best's forty-year-old total of 32 goals in the 1967–68 season.

.On 27 September 2009, he scored for Corinthians in the 1-1 draw against São Paulo.^ On 10 September 2009, in a World Cup qualification match against Hungary , Ronaldo provided an assist for the first goal scored by Simão and Portugal went to win the game 3–0.

^ On 15 September, Ronaldo scored his first Champions League goals, both on free kicks, against FC Zürich in a 5-2 win.

.He finished the Brazilian Serie A 2009 with 12 goals in 20 matches.^ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:35, 10 October 2009 (UTC) .

.In February 2010, Ronaldo signed a contract extension with Corinthians that would keep him with the club until the end of 2011 and said he would then retire.^ In 1995, Ronaldo signed with local club Nacional , and, after a title-winning campaign, he went on a three-day trial with Sporting Clube de Portugal , who subsequently signed him for an undisclosed sum.

^ Ronaldo's performance impressed the Manchester United players, who urged Ferguson to sign him.

^ While the 80 million pound sale of Cristiano Ronaldo meant the club broke even in 2009, it would have made a 30.8 million pound loss without...

[15]

International career

.Ronaldo made his international debut for Brazil in 1994, in a friendly match in Recife against Argentina.^ Ronaldo made his team debut as a 60th-minute substitute in a 4-0 home victory over Bolton Wanderers .

^ On 29 August, Ronaldo capped his La Liga debut with a goal, scoring Real's second from the penalty spot in a 3–2 home win against Deportivo La Coruña .

^ One day after his twenty-second birthday, Ronaldo captained Portugal for the first time in a friendly against Brazil on 6 February 2007.

.He went to the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the USA as a 17-year-old but did not play.^ He was named the FIFPro World Player of the Year 3 and the FIFA World Player of the Year , in addition to becoming Manchester United's first Ballon d'Or winner in 40 years.

^ He finished as the runner-up to Kaká for the 2007 Ballon d'Or , 25 and was third in the running for the FIFA World Player of the Year award, behind Kaká and Lionel Messi .

^ Portugal squad – 2006 FIFA World Cup Fourth Place .

.He came to be known as Ronaldinho ("little Ronaldo" in Portuguese), because Ronaldo Rodrigues de Jesus, his older team-mate on the tournament, was also called Ronaldo and also nicknamed Ronaldão ("big Ronaldo") to further distinguish them.^ Ronaldo was called-up for the play-offs with much controversy and disagreement from the Merengues , due to the injury he had aggravated on the game against Hungary, and was submitted to physicals by the Portuguese team but was later announced his inability to play against Bosnia and Herzegovina .

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 on his shirt, since centre back Ronaldo Guiaro, two years his senior, was one of his teammates. Brazil went on to win the bronze medal in Atlanta.
Voted the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1996 and 1997, he scored four goals and made three assists[16] during the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The night before the final, he suffered a convulsive fit. At first Ronaldo was 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.[17] 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."[18]
During the 2002 FIFA World Cup Ronaldo again led the national team to their record fifth championship and won the Golden Shoe as top scorer with eight goals and was runner-up to the Golden Ball as most valuable player in the tournament. He also scored against every opponent in the tournament except in the quarter-finals against England. .In the final match against Germany, Ronaldo scored his 11th and 12th goals to a round of applause and tied Pelé's Brazilian record of 12 career World Cup goals.^ Ronaldo scored another brace in a 4–0 win over Aston Villa on 29 March, which at the time gave him 35 goals in 37 domestic and European matches as both a starter and substitute.

^ In the 2007–08 Champions League final on 21 May against league rivals Chelsea , Ronaldo scored the opening goal after 26 minutes, which was negated by a Chelsea equaliser in the 45th minute as the match ended 1–1 after extra time.

^ Cristiano Ronaldo FIFA competition record Cristiano Ronaldo career stats at Soccerbase Cristiano Ronaldo at footballdatabase.com Cristiano Ronaldo at National Football Teams Cristiano Ronaldo at the Internet Movie Database .

[19]
On 2 June 2004, Ronaldo scored an unusual 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 Lula questioned the national coach asking if, "Ronaldo is fat or isn't he?"[citation needed]). .Nonetheless, coach Carlos Alberto Parreira kept him in the starting lineup in face of calls to have Ronaldo replaced.^ Since the appointment of new Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz , 88 Ronaldo has been named the new captain of the squad.

.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.^ World Cup 2006 Qualifying .

^ World Cup 2006 .

^ Portugal squad – 2006 FIFA World Cup Fourth Place .

(Ronaldo scored at France 98, Korea/Japan 2002 and at Germany 2006). .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.^ The goals also meant that Ronaldo had now scored against each of the other 19 teams in the Premier League at the time.

^ Portugal squad – 2006 FIFA World Cup Fourth Place .

^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira , FA Community Shield , UEFA Super Cup , Intercontinental Cup , FIFA Club World Cup and Supercopa de España .

However, Brazil were knocked out by France 1-0 in the quarter-finals.

Personal life

Ronaldo during a meeting at the Brazilian Ministry of Education.
During 1997, Ronaldo met the Brazilian model and actress Susana Werner on the set of Brazilian telenovela Malhação when they acted together in three chapters.[20][21] Although never marrying, they began a long-term relationship and lived together in Milan until the beginning of 1999.[22] 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. The couple had a son, Ronald (born in Milan, on April 6, 2000)[citation needed]. In 2005, Ronaldo became engaged to Brazilian model and MTV VJ Daniela Cicarelli, who became pregnant but suffered a miscarriage; the relationship lasted for only three months after their luxurious "wedding" at the Château de Chantilly. The ceremony reportedly cost €700,000 (£896,000).[23] Ronaldo also had a relationship with Brazilian supermodel Raica Oliveira, ended in December 2006.
In April 2008, Ronaldo was involved in a scandal involving three transvestite prostitutes whom he met in a nightclub located in the city of Rio de Janeiro.[24] .Upon discovering that they were men, Ronaldo offered them $600 to leave.^ On 11 June, Manchester United accepted an unconditional offer of £80 million from Real Madrid for Ronaldo after it was revealed that he again had expressed his desire to leave the club.

[25] However, one of the three, André Luís Ribeiro Albertino (better known as Andréia Albertini), demanded $30,000 and exposed the case to the media.[26] According to the local police chief, "[Ronaldo] was very excited and wanted to go out and have fun, without the press knowing. Ronaldo said that he is not mentally stable and is having psychological problems because of his recent surgery. But he committed no crime at all, it was immoral at best."[27] Ronaldo's engagement to Maria Beatriz Antony was cancelled immediately after the prostitution scandal[28] but resumed a little later. .Maria Beatriz gave birth to their first daughter, named Maria Sophia, in Rio de Janeiro, on 24 December 2008. In April 2009, the whole family moved to a new penthouse in São Paulo.^ Manchester United - Cristiano Ronaldo 2008/2009 24"x36" Art Print Poster .

^ This is a Portuguese name ; the first family name is dos Santos and the second is Aveiro .

^ In 2008, Ronaldo won his first UEFA Champions League title, and was named player of the tournament .

[29]
Since 2005, Ronaldo has been the co-owner of A1 Team Brazil, along with Brazilian motorsports legend Emerson Fittipaldi.[30]

Career statistics

As of 21 November 2009.
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brazil League Copa do Brasil South America Total
1993 Cruzeiro Série A 14 12 12 10 441 441
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
1994-95 PSV Eredivisie 33 30 1 2 2 3 36 35
1995-96 13 12 3 1 5 6 21 19
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
1996-97 Barcelona La Liga 37 34 5 8 7 5 49 47
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1997-98 Internazionale Serie A 32 25 4 3 11 6 47 34
1998-99 19 14 3 0 6 1 28 15
1999-00 7 3 1 0 0 0 8 3
2000-01 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001-02 10 7 1 0 5 0 16 7
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2002-03 Real Madrid La Liga 31 23 1 0 12 7 44 30
2003-04 32 24 7 3 9 4 48 31
2004-05 34 21 1 0 10 3 45 24
2005-06 23 14 2 1 2 0 27 15
2006-07 7 1 2 1 4 2 13 4
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
2006-07 Milan Serie A 14 7 0 0 0 0 14 7
2007-08 6 2 0 0 0 0 6 2
Brazil League Copa do Brasil South America Total
2009 Corinthians Série A 20 12 8 3 382 232
Total Brazil 34 24 8 3 12 10 823 673
Netherlands 46 42 4 3 7 9 57 54
Spain 164 117 18 13 44 21 226 151
Italy 88 58 9 3 22 7 119 68
Career Total 332 241 39 22 85 47 4843 3403
1 includes 18 matches and 22 goals in Campeonato Mineiro.
2 includes 10 matches and 8 goals in Campeonato Paulista.
3See12
  • "Cup" include domestic cups and supercups;
  • "Continental" includes European cups, South American cups and Intercontinental Cup.
Professional career totals
Teams Appearances Goals Goals per game
Clubs 484 340 0.702
National Team 097 062 0.639
U-23 National Team 08 06 0.750
Total 589 408 0.693

Honours

Player

Cruzeiro

PSV Eindhoven

Barcelona

Internazionale

Real Madrid

Corinthians

National team

Individual

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  10. ^ Independent.co.uk Ronaldo agrees to join Corinthians
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From Wikiquote

.Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (born September 18, 1976) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for the Campeonato Brasileiro club Corinthians.^ When he was 15, Ronaldo was diagnosed with a racing heart, a condition that might have forced him to give up playing football.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo : Video : Biography : Photo : Information 10 February 2010 13:24 UTC manchesterunited.y2u.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ In the past, Ronaldo has dated the model Jordana Jardel, sister of Brazilian footballer Mario Jardel, and model Lauren Frain.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo : Video : Biography : Photo : Information 10 February 2010 13:24 UTC manchesterunited.y2u.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro , OIH, (born 5 February 1985), better known as Cristiano Ronaldo , is a Portuguese professional football player, who plays for Manchester United F.C. and Portugal, and is considered one of the finest young talents today.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo : Video : Biography : Photo : Information 10 February 2010 13:24 UTC manchesterunited.y2u.co.uk [Source type: General]

.Pelé named him one of the 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. In 2007 France Football named him in their best starting 11 of all time.^ But i would wish him all the best if he wants to go .
  • Sky Sports | Football | Premier League | News | Ronaldo breaks silence 12 September 2009 8:58 UTC www.skysports.com [Source type: General]

^ However, Liverpool later declined him because he was too young and needed some time to develop into a top footballer.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo : Video : Biography : Photo : Information 10 February 2010 13:24 UTC manchesterunited.y2u.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Ronaldo named FIFPro World Player of the Year - Reuters, 10/27/08 ^ Cristiano Ronaldo, Ballon d'Or 2008 - France Football, 12/01/08 ^ "Cruyff: Ronaldo, United's best ever".
  • Cristiano Ronaldo : Video : Biography : Photo : Information 10 February 2010 13:24 UTC manchesterunited.y2u.co.uk [Source type: General]

Ronaldo is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations.

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  • The goal of ending poverty is within reach and everyone can contribute to it by getting involved or supporting organizations that are already working to give the poor a better life.
    • Speech for the United Nations. [[1]]
    • .
  • No one should be doomed to a life of poverty, whether by birth or as a consequence of war.^ We, United fans should remember that no one is indispensable in this world.
    • Sky Sports | Football | Premier League | News | Ronaldo breaks silence 12 September 2009 8:58 UTC www.skysports.com [Source type: General]

    • Speech for the United Nations.[[2]]

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Proper noun

Ronaldo m.
  1. A male given name derived from English Ronald.

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Ronaldo
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Personal information
Full name Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima
Date of birth 18 September 1976 (1976-09-18) (age 34)
Place of birth    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Corinthians Paulista
Number 9
Youth clubs
1990-1991
1991-1993
Social Ramos
São Cristóvão
Senior clubs
Years Club
1994
1994-1996
1996-1997
1997-2002
2002-2007
2007-2008
2009-
Cruzeiro
PSV Eindhoven
Barcelona
Internazionale Milano
Real Madrid
Milan
Corinthians Paulista
National team
1994-2006 Brazil

Ronaldo (born 18 September, 1976) is a Brazilian football player. He has played for Brazil national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
BrazilLeague Copa do Brasil South AmericaTotal
1994CruzeiroSérie A14125112103123
NetherlandsLeague KNVB Cup EuropeTotal
1994/95PSV EindhovenEredivisie323012233535
1995/96131232562120
SpainLeague Copa del Rey EuropeTotal
1996/97BarcelonaLa Liga373458754947
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1997/98Internazionale MilanoSerie A3225431164734
1998/99201430612915
1999/0073100083
2000/0100000000
2001/021071050167
SpainLeague Copa del Rey EuropeTotal
2002/03Real MadridLa Liga3123101274430
2003/04322473944831
2004/053421101034524
2005/06231421202715
2006/07712142134
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
2006/07MilanSerie A1470000147
2007/0862000062
BrazilLeague Copa do Brasil South AmericaTotal
2009Corinthians PaulistaSérie A201283-2815
2010
CountryBrazil 342413412105938
Netherlands 454244795655
Spain 16411718134421226151
Italy 89589322711568
Total 33224144248547461312

International career statistics

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Brazil national team
YearAppsGoals
199441
199563
199645
19972015
1998105
1999107
200000
200100
20021211
200383
2004116
200551
200675
Total9762

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