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12 Top Facts About Ronaldinho Gaúcho

Top Facts About Ronaldinho Gaúcho

Born on the 21st of March, 1980, Ronaldo de Assis Moreira is a retired Brazilian footballer with a Brazilian-Portuguese nationality.

He was born in Porto Alegre and is the last of 3 children.

Contrary to what most people know, the name Ronaldinho Gaúcho is a nickname he earned as a result of his young age, small stature and ever-cheerful face.

In all his years of playing professional football, he was known and respected for his accurate free-kicks, dribbles, overhead kicks, no-look passes and soccer trickery.

He was also good at scoring goals and opening up opportunities to score goals. The football legend, who had been a raw talent right from his childhood days, has won many awards.

The two FIFA awards and Ballon d'Or award he received during his professional years of playing are just but some of his numerous achievements.

 

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Two-Time FIFA Player of The Year Winner

Ronaldinho received his first FIFA World Best Player award in 2004 during his second season with Barcelona.

It happened that Barcelona also received a LA Liga title that very year.

A year after, Ronaldinho led Barcelona to winning its first UEFA Champions League award in 2005 in fourteen years as well as a second LA Liga title. The year 2005 was a great one for the star player too as he also received his second FIFA player of the year award. 

 

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2005 Ballon d'Or Winner

2005 was indeed a great year for the legend. Following the success recorded as a Barcelona player, Ronaldinho achieved his first career double. This earned him the title of Ballon d'Or winner in 2005.

 

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Multiple Award Recipient

Apart from the FIFA and Ballon d'Or awards, Ronaldinho also received a number of other notable awards. These included the UEFA club Footballer of the year award for the 2005/2006 season and the South American footballer of the year award in 2013.

In 2004, he was one of the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players and a recognized member of the UEFA team of the year in 2005. 

 

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Brazilian Star Player

During his professional years as a Brazilian player, he scored a total of 33 goals and was a FIFA World Cup representative of his country twice.

He made his debut with the club Seleção in 1999 where he won the award of Copa América.

In 2005, he was the Brazilian team captain during the FIFA Confederations Cup where he was named the man of the match in the finals. Brazil competed in the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing China and won the bronze medal in men's football with Ronaldinho as the team captain.

 

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The Birth of "Ronaldinho"

By dint of his amazing skills, Ronaldinho earned himself the nickname Ronaldinho. His football skills at the tender age of 8 prompted the name.

Note that -inho means small and this was because he was usually the youngest and smallest member of the team in all youth club matches. Hence, the name Ronaldinho, which means Little Ronaldo.

Ronaldinho started his football career as a futsal and beach footballer before he went ahead to explore organized football.

At the age of 13, he recorded his first media-worthy victory in a 23-0 win against another local team, with him scoring all 23 goals. The U-17 World Championships in Egypt earned him another title of a rising star.

 

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One-time Nike's Golden Ticket

We can't seem to get enough of the Legend's 2005 achievements.

In an advertisement for Nike in 2005, Ronaldinho recorded yet another astounding victory and this time, off-pitch. In the advert, he was seen trying to wear a pair of boots while playing with a crossbar.

The video which broke the internet was the very first to hit one million views on YouTube. That year was a great one for Nike as they recorded massive hits and 10 years later, Nike decided to unveil the limited edition of the boots alongside the anniversary celebration of the video.

 

Ronaldinho's Net Worth

Football has surely done the star player a lot of good. Judging from his poor background and humble beginning, we can say that he truly deserves some pampering for all his hard work.

Alongside working as a professional footballer, Ronaldinho has also been opportuned to work with top companies like Coca-cola, Pepsi, Nike, Danone and Gatorade. All these endorsement deals alone have earned him about $19 million. His total net worth is estimated to be around $90 million dollars.

In 2008, his net worth was recorded by Forbes as 38th in its Celebrity 100.

 

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The First to Ever been Applauded by A Rival Team

This happened during Barcelona's play against Real Madrid which ended in a 3-0 win in favour of Barcelona.

Ronaldinho's playing skills were on the high side and in no time at all, he was able to bring the opponent's defense down. The Real Madrid fans, despite being the rival team, had no choice but to salute the extraordinary talent and rose up to clap in unison. That was the first time an opposition team would give a standing ovation to a rival team.

Can you guess what could have been going on in their minds? I bet u can. 

 

Abrupt End of An Expensive Sponsorship Deal

Ronaldinho's deal with the Coca-Cola beverage company came to a tragic end when the footballer was spotted in a rival picture with a can of Pepsi beverage at a conference.

The loss incurred by this singular act amounted to $750,000. Under normal circumstances, the sponsorship deal with Coca-Cola was supposed to last the entire 2014 World Cup but it came to an abrupt end as a result of a breach of contract.

There were a lot of uncertainties regarding the footballer's action as most people believed he was only pictured with the drink since Pepsi were the official sponsor of his club (Atletico) at the time.

 

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Giving Back to the Society

In February 2006, Ronaldinho joined UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund as an official member.

Since then, he has been noticeably spotted at various Soccer Aid programs, an initiative meant to raise money and promote charity. He also deemed it fit to associate with the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS in 2011. This initiative helps to promote awareness of the disease among young people. Maybe it is due to the fact that the star player had a humble beginning but he sure is giving his all to reach out to the less privileged society.

Together with a fellow Portugal star, Luis Figo, Ronaldinho is on the verge of leading two star-studded teams in a peaceful "March for Solidarity" as a means of fighting for peace, human rights and well-being.

 

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An Eye For Luxury

Among Ronaldinho's fleet of luxurious rides are an Audi Q7, a Hummer 2 and one of the fastest cars on planet earth,  $1.3 million Bugatti Veyron. This is proof that he definitely has an eye for good things and a person's past doesn't necessarily define him.

 

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What Next After Football?

In 2017, Ronaldinho entered into an entrepreneurial partnership deal with Italian businessman Fabio Cordella. The deal which entailed launching a 'wine of champions' range with 11 different labels of the drink.

On a more personal note, Ronaldinho also ventured into the world of business with the release of his club-themed condoms.

 

Parenthood

Ronaldinho's son, João Mendes was born to Brazilian dancer Janaína Mendes on the 25th of February 2005. The 17-year old has shown interest in following in his father's footsteps.

He took a brave step of signing a training contract with a Brazilian club, Cruzeiro without revealing who his father was. He went through the normal process of undergoing a fair trial which ended successfully. The contract is meant to be terminated a day before his 20th birthday in 2025.

Ronaldinho named João Mendes after his late father, João de Assis Moreira. 

 

Bottom Line

It's quite painful that the football career of the only legendary player with all 9 major trophies had to come to an abrupt end in 2008. We definitely weren't ready to let him go but still, his name will remain indelible on the mind of football lovers for a very long time to come.