Ronaldinho, whose full name is Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, was born on 21 March, 1980 in Porto Alegre. Ronaldinho means “Little Ronaldo” in Portuguese. The reason for this nickname is Ronaldo, who Ronaldinho admired when he was at a young age. We will share information about the Brazilian Football Legend Ronaldinho’s career in this topic.
Club and BARCELONA Career
Ronaldinho caught the attention of many European clubs during the 2000-2001 season. His club, Gremio, rejected every offer to Ronaldinho. The maximum of these offers was worth 75 million euros. Luis Fernandez insisted on bringing Ronaldinho to Paris Saint-Germain FC. Manager Assis eventually said to PSG “yes” and signed a five year contract in 2001. There was a disagreement between the two teams regarding the transfer fee. After this, Ronaldinho didn’t play football for 6 months. Finally, Ronaldinho returned to football again with 4,5 million dollar transfer fee.
Ronaldinho went out for his first match in Barcelona on July 27, 2003. From his first match, he played very willingly and successfully in contrast to the PSG days. He developed his football day by day. In the first year, he finished Barcelona La Liga in the second place. Ronaldinho had scored 15 goals in 32 matches in that season.
His national team career
In 1998, Ronaldinho called to the national team by Wanderley Luxemburgo for the American Cup. He played his first national match on June 26, 1999 in this tournament. The first goal he scored with the national uniform was the same gold he scored against Venezuela in the same tournament. Ronaldinho was wearing the number 11 uniform in the Brazilian National Team. Ronaldinho was not invited to the 2010 FIFA World Cup Brazilian squad by Dunga, but was called to the 2013 Confederations Cup squad.
Brazil national team, which Ronaldinho played, was second in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup in Mexico. The team became champion in 2005 Germany, 1999 Cope America, 1999 Paraguay, 2002 World Cup and 2008 Summer Olympic Games.