Player Profile: Ronaldinho
We take a look at the club career and highlights of the living legend Ronaldinho Gaucho!
Written By Matty Hopkins - March 16, 2016
Born Ronaldo de Assis Moreira in 1980, Ronaldinho has well and truly made a name for himself, with his superb talent cementing his place as one of the best players of his generation. Success started very early for Ronaldinho at the age of thirteen, when he scored twenty-three goals in one game against a local team!
Ronaldinho’s professional football career began at Grêmio youth squad at the age of eighteen where he attracted a lot of attention. Soon after establishing himself, many of the big teams were after him. In 2001, he signed for Paris Saint-Germain in a €5 million transfer. Although he was only there for two seasons, Ronaldinho managed to make a lasting impression on the team with some amazing goals like this free kick;
“He transmits a lot of joy and pleasure playing the game, and he has individual skills that are of such a high level that everybody in the world adores him.” —Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard
Then came the wonder years, Barcelona signed Ronaldinho after a battle with Manchester United with a deal made for a reported €30 million in 2003. Going from strength to strength, he was soon named FIFA World Player of the Year for 2004 and then again in 2005. By the end of 2005, he had started to collect a wide range of personal awards on top of this. After five years he then decided again to move on, this time to Serie A club A.C. Milan. Again, while at the club he seriously impressed, including this great hat trick against Siena in 2010;
Following this, Ronaldinho’s career began to take a bit of a slow down with him doing stints at clubs Flamengo, Atletico Mineiro, Queretaro and Flumenense. Although he has no intention of retiring any time soon, he is currently a free agent. Does this mean a comeback to one of the big clubs for him to show his skill one more time? We really hope so. Ronalidinho is without a doubt one of the most skilful football players there has ever been and we always love to watch back his classic moments.
Image: By Hector Garcia [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons