Ronaldinho, born Ronaldo de Assis Moreira on March 21, 1980, is a retired Brazilian footballer who played as an attacking midfielder or forward. He is widely regarded as one of the best players of his generation and also considered as one of the most skillful footballers to have ever played the game.
Ronaldinho was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He was raised in a poor family and grew up playing football on the streets. His father, João Moreira, was a former footballer and also a shipyard worker, while his mother, Dona Miguelina, was a saleswoman. Ronaldinho inherited his father’s love for the game and started playing for a local team at the age of seven.
Ronaldinho started his professional career at the age of 17 with the Brazilian club, Grêmio. He quickly made a name for himself and was signed by Paris Saint-Germain in 2001. In 2003, he moved to Barcelona where he had the best years of his career. He won two La Liga titles and a Champions League with the Catalan giants. After leaving Barcelona, he played for AC Milan, Flamengo, Atletico Mineiro, Queretaro, and Fluminense, before retiring in 2018.
Ronaldinho scored 267 goals in his club career and won numerous individual awards, including the Ballon d’Or twice. He was also a key player for the Brazilian national team, winning the World Cup in 2002 and the Copa America in 1999.
Goal Records and Reputations
Ronaldinho was not only famous for his skillful dribbling and creativity on the pitch but also for his impressive goal-scoring record. He scored 26 goals in his national team career and 68 goals in his club career.
He was also known for his ability to score spectacular goals. Ronaldinho scored some of the most unforgettable goals in football history, including his iconic free-kick goal against England in 2002, which was widely regarded as one of the best free-kick goals ever scored.
Ronaldinho was not only a football superstar, but he was also a marketing phenomenon. He endorsed numerous brands, including Nike, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, EA Sports, and Gatorade. In 2006, he signed a lifetime contract with Nike, which made him one of the highest-paid footballers in the world.
Life, Marital Status, and Educational Background
Ronaldinho was married to Janaina Mendes until 2019. He has two children, a son, and a daughter.
Regarding his educational background, there is no information available about Ronaldinho’s academic qualifications. However, it is known that he attended a football school in Porto Alegre when he was a child.
Cars and House
Ronaldinho has owned some of the most expensive cars in the world, including a Bugatti Veyron, a Lamborghini Aventador, and a Ferrari 458 Spider. In terms of his house, he owned a stunning oceanfront mansion in Rio de Janeiro until it was seized by the authorities due to unpaid taxes.
Ronaldinho’s net worth has been estimated to be around $90 million. In Nigerian naira, his net worth is roughly 36 billion naira, while in Canadian dollar, it’s roughly 118 million CAD. In Ghanaian cedi, his net worth is roughly 524 million GHS, while in Kenyan shilling, it’s roughly 9.9 billion KES. In South African rand, his net worth is roughly 1.3 billion ZAR, while in Ugandan shilling, it’s roughly 332 billion UGX. In Indian Rupee, his net worth is roughly 6.5 billion INR.
Awards and Nominations
Ronaldinho won numerous awards and nominations throughout his career. He won the Ballon d’Or twice, the FIFA World Player of the Year twice, and the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year once. He was also named in the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team in 2002 and won the Golden Foot award in 2009.
Ronaldinho’s legacy is undeniable. He was not only a football superstar but also a marketing phenomenon, cultural icon, and inspiration to a generation of aspiring footballers. His contributions to the game of football will always be remembered, and he will forever remain one of the greatest players to have ever played the sport.