Ten Cool and Interesting Fun Facts about Ronaldinho‘s Life. Ronaldo de Assis Moreira was born on 21st of March 1980. He is popularly known as Ronaldinho or Ronaldinho Gaúcho. He is a renowned football player who plays at the position of a midfielder or attacking forward.
He has represented a number of clubs and currently is club ambassador Barcelona, famous Spanish Club. Initially, he represented Brazilian club Gremio later he played for the major part of his career in European clubs including Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, and Milan. Later, he returned to his Brazilian clubs playing from Flamengo and Atletico Mineiro. Then he moved to Queretaro, a famous Mexican football club.
On the international level, he plays for Brazil national team. He is respected around the world as one of the finest players of the game. With a long list of awards and titles on his name, he has been twice FIFA World Player of the Year for two consecutive years in 2004 and 2005. He scored 33 international goals in 97 matches which he played from his national side Brazil. He displayed a vital role in winning his team 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan along with his other teammates like Ronaldo and Rivaldo popularly known as “Three Rs”. He was also included in the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team. Read about another footballer – Pele facts.
On the football field, he depicts one of the outstanding playing skills, clever tricks, sharp dribbling and marvelous bending free kicks. He is simply an unstoppable scoring machine. He wears a number 10 jersey.
Ronaldinho Interesting Facts
In this post, we will be bringing some cool and interesting facts about this great Brazilian player.
1- Only 3rd player to win more than once FIFA World Player of the Year Award
Another interesting fact about him is that he has won FIFA World Player of the Year Award. Indeed he is the only third player in football who has won this award not once but twice consecutively. Other two players who have achieved this landmark are Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane.
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2- Rejected an offer from Manchester United
A very surprising fact about Ronaldinho is that he turned down a very lucrative offer from a club every football dies to play from. Yes, we are talking about the famous football club Manchester United from Premier League. Ronaldinho rejected an offer worth £25.5 million from the club. Instead, he went for Italian Serie A giants Milan. This club offered him a three-year contract of worth nearly € 24.15 million with extremely attractive bonuses.
3- Collected only 3 red cards
Another very interesting fact about Ronaldinho is that he has been immensely disciplined throughout his career. This can be proved by this thing that he has only collected three red cards in all the matches he had played so far.
3- Assisted Lionel Messi for his first goal for Barcelona
Another very interesting fact about him is that he assisted Lionel Messi to open his goal scoring account in the famous football club Barcelona. Ronaldinho made a move from the left side and chipped a pass to Messi whom he made no mistake in putting the ball in the goal post. Unfortunately, to everyone’s surprise, Messi was declared off-side by Umpire. A couple of minutes later in the game, unstoppable Ronaldinho again made a tremendous move from the left and chipped a pass to Messi standing at a very key position, and Messi placed the ball in the goal post once again the same way of the previous one. This replica of the aggressive move proves Ronaldinho’s great tactical skills on one hand and on the other helped Messi in opening his goal account which is still running quite fast.
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4- Winner of three big awards in a single year
Another outstanding fact about this great Brazilian player is that the year 1999 proved to be a golden year for him. He took three most prestigious titles to his credit including one FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Ball (1999), one FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Shoe (1999) and 1 Rio Grande do Sul State Championship Top Scorer (1999). This established his dominance in the game to the next level.
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5- One of the World’s highest paid players
A cool fact about Ronaldinho is that he is one of the highly paid players in the world. He has a number of endorsement contracts from renowned international brands including Nike, Pepsi-Cola, Coca-Cola, EA Sports, Gatorade, and Danone. His earnings in and outside of football field made him one quite heavily paid player and his earnings from endorsement alone reached up to the level of $19 million in 2006.
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6- The famous Pepsi Coca-Cola Controversy
He has endorsed Pepsi in Television commercials along with other great players who are the brand ambassador of the cola drink including David Beckham, Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi. An interesting thing that happened was that he was later picked up by Coca-Cola as brand ambassador, but the contract couldn’t last for long as during a Press conference he was caught drinking Pepsi.
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6- Featured in Video Games – Sixth Fact about Ronaldinho
Interestingly, Ronaldinho can be found in several football games including EA Sports’ FIFA Video Game Series. He has made it to the cover of FIFA Football 2004, FIFA 2006, FIFA 2007, FIFA 2008, and FIFA 2009.
7- Ronaldinho and Nike
Another very cool fact about him is that at a very start of his career he was picked up by Nike along with other famous stars of the game as brand ambassador. He was offered a very attractive 10 year deal. He appeared in a number of Nike commercials and the one of 2005 became very famous and really went viral on social media reaching more than one million views.
8- United Nations Goodwill Ambassador
Another amazing fact about him is that in 2006 United Nations appointed him as the goodwill ambassador with United Nation Children’s Fund. Later, in 2011 he was again asked to create awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention in young people under the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS.
9- 6th most popular sportsperson on Facebook
Next, another impressive fact about him is that he has a huge fan following around the world. This is evident by the fact that he is the sixth most followed sportsperson on the largest social media website Facebook. In March 2015, it was reported that he had 31 million Facebook fans. The players ahead of him are Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, David Beckham, Neymar, and Kaka. Also in December 2007, his wax sculpture was unveiled at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.
10- Personal facts
A personal fact about him is that his father, João de Assis Moreira was a footballer too who used to play for a local club Esporte Club Cruzeiro. He died due to a fatal heart attack while swimming. Ronaldinho was only at the age of 8. His mother’s name is Dona Miguelina Eloi Assis dos Santos who used to work as a salesperson and studied nursing. His brother, Roberto, had a short career as a football player due to an injury. Currently, Roberto serves as Ronaldinho’s manager while his sister Deisi works as his press co-ordinator. He married a Brazilian dancer Janaina Mendes and the couple has a son. Ronaldinho’s son was named after his late father’s name Joao.
Other Facts About Ronaldinho
11- Ronaldinho is an idol of number of players
Another interesting childhood fact about him is that, he has been a fan of number of great football players including Rivelino from 1970, Diego Maradona since 1986, Romario from 1994, Ronaldo and Rivaldo.
12- Honours and Titles – We gathered these as 12th Ronaldinho fact
This great player has a long list of honours and titles on his name. On club level, for Gremio he has won 1 South Cup (1999), 1 Campeonato Gaúcho (1999). For Paris Saint-Germain Club he won 1UEFA Intertoto Cup (2001). For Barcelona he took 2 La Liga (2004–05 and 2005–06), 2 Supercopa de España (2005 and 2006), 1 UEFA Champions League (2005–06), 1 FIFA Club World Cup Runner-up (2006). For Milan he won 1 Serie A (2010–11). For Flamengo he won 1 Campeonato Carioca (2011). Likewise for Atlético Mineiro there is 1 Campeonato Mineiro (2013), 1 Copa Libertadores (2013), 1 Recopa Sudamericana (2014).
On international arena while representing Brazil he won 1 Copa América (1999), 1 FIFA World Cup (2002), 1 FIFA Confederations Cup (2005), 1 Superclásico de las Américas (2011). When he was in Brazil U23 he took 1 CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournament (1999), 1 Olympic Bronze Medal (2008). In Brazil U17 squad he has with him 1 South American Under-17 Football Championship (1997), 1 FIFA U-17 World Championship (1997)
- On individual level he has Won
- 1 Golden Ball (in FIFA Confederations Cup of 1999),
- 1 Golden Shoe ( in FIFA Confederations Cup of 1999),
- 1 Top Scorer (in Rio Grande do Sul State Championship of 1999),
- 1 Top Scorer ( for CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournament in 2000),
- 1 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team (2002),
- FIFA 100,
- 1 La Liga Ibero-American Player of the Year (2004),
- 1 FIFA Confederations Cup Bronze Ball (2005),
- 2 World Soccer Magazine World Player of The Year (2004 and 2005),
- 2 FIFA World Player of the Year (2004 and 2005),
- 1 Ballon d’Or (2005), 1 Onze d’Or (2005),
- 1 La Liga Assist Leader (2005–06),
- 1 UEFA Club Forward of the Year (2004–05),
- 1 UEFA Club Footballer of the Year (2005–06),
- 3 time UEFA Team of the Year (2003–04, 2004–05 and 2005–06),
- 3 time ESM Team of the Year (2003–04, 2004–05 and 2005–06),
- 2 time Don Balón Award (2003–04 and 2005–06),
- 1 time FIFPro World Player of the Year (2005),
- 3 time FIFPro World XI (2004–05, 2005–06 and 2006–07),
- 1 time FIFA World Player of the Year – Bronze award (2006),
- 1 Serie A Assist Leader (2009–10), 1 Golden Foot (2009),
- 1 Bola de Ouro (2012),
- 1 time South American Footballer of the Year (2013), included in Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame and UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year.
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