On his father's side, he is of Italian and Spanish descent, the great-grandson of immigrants from the northcentral Adriatic Marche region of Italy and Cataloniaand on his mother's side, he has primarily Italian ancestry. He's a dwarf, he's too fragile, too small. But immediately you'd realise that he was born different, that he was a phenomenon and that he was going to be something impressive.
It was in their new home where his father hit his head and drowned in the swimming pool when Ronaldo was eight. But, with due respect to the others, Ronaldinho was a cut above the rest. He made his senior side debut during the Copa Libertadores.
He scored his first goal for the club on 13 October in a 2—2 draw against Lyonconverting the equalizing penalty in the 79th minute after having come on ten minutes prior. He recorded impressive goals against MonacoRennesLens and Lorient.
In a Round of 16 match against GuingampRonaldinho scored two second half goals in the game after having entered the match as a half-time substitute. Though his performances in his second season with the club were underwhelming compared to his first, Ronaldinho performed admirably with the club.
The first goal was a free kickwhich curled past numerous Marseille players in the yard box before sailing past goalkeeper Vedran Runje. For his performance, Ronaldinho was given a standing ovation by the Parisian supporters. Unfortunately for the club, however, Ronaldinho and the team failed to capture the form that got them to the final as they bowed out 2—1 to Auxerre due to a last minute goal from Jean-Alain Boumsong.
Despite Ronaldinho's performances, the club finished in a disappointing 11th-placed position. Following the season, Ronaldinho declared he wanted to leave the club after the capital club failed to qualify for any European competition.
It was a bad time and the change that came about with his arrival was amazing. Ronaldinho returned from injury and scored 15 goals in La Liga during the —04 season, helping the team ultimately finish second in the league. He has made us smile again.
On 8 MarchBarcelona were eliminated from the latter competition by Chelsea in the first knockout roundlosing 5—4 over two legs. After winning their group convincingly, Barcelona faced Chelsea in the round of 16 for a rematch of the previous year. After a 1—0 semifinal aggregate win over Milan, in which Ronaldinho assisted the series' only goal by Ludovic GiulyBarcelona progressed to the Champions League Finalwhich they won on 17 May with a 2—1 defeat of Arsenal.
One of these days, he will make the ball talk. Ronaldinho was the recipient of the Bronze Ball Award for the competition. Ronaldinho played his th career match for Barcelona in a league match against Osasuna on 3 February His —08 campaign as a wholehowever, was plagued by injuries, and a muscle tear in his right leg on 3 April prematurely ended his season.
He will leave a rather forlorn figure.
Whether his magic has been exhausted or he just needs a new challenge remains to be seen. Ronaldinho finished with a pair of goals and two assists in what would be his last match as a Barcelona player.
His first brace was in a 3—0 win over Sampdoria on 19 October After a good start to the season, Ronaldinho struggled with fitness, and was often played from the bench to end a disappointing first season for Milan.
His physical condition has always been very precarious. His talent though has never been in question. Newly appointed coach Leonardo changed his role from a central attacking midfielder to the left side of midfield, with Alexandre Pato on the right, in an offensive 4—3—3 formation.
In the following match, against Siena on 17 January, Ronaldinho scored his first hat-trick for Milan when he converted a penalty kick, scored with a header from a corner and finished with a strike into the top right corner from 20 yards out.
He scored early in the game at the San Siro to give Milan the lead. Milan ended up losing the game 3—2, with a goal from Paul Scholes and two goals from Wayne Rooney. On a less positive note, however, he missed three penalties in the domestic season to add to one botched kick the previous season.
Ronaldinho ended the Serie A campaign scoring two goals against Juventus; Luca Antonini opened the scoring and Milan went on to win 3—0 in Leonardo's last game in charge.
He was greeted by more than 20, fans at his unveiling at his new club on 13 January On 27 JulyRonaldinho scored a hat-trick in Flamengo's 5—4 away win against rivals Santosafter being 3—0 down inside the first 30 minutes. He wore number 49 in reference to his mother's birth year since his preferred number 10 was already assigned to Guilherme in the season.
Ronaldinho won the Bola de Ouro award, selected as the best player in the league. Should we be grateful for what he gave us or angry that it ended so soon?
Delighted to have shared a pitch with him for 90 minutes, there is no doubt which way the Raja Casablanca players would cast their votes. Although six years past his best, Ronaldinho's displays saw him voted the South American Footballer of the Year.
As the final whistle blew, the Raja Casablanca team rushed to their childhood idol and stripped him down to his underpants in search of souvenirs. This was the second time in Ronaldinho's career he had received such an ovation from opposing fans after Madrid fans had applauded his performance in a Barcelona shirt inand after the match, Ronaldinho stated in an interview, "It is an emotion to live more.The Spruce's family of brands offer practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help users create a home they love.
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