What sport do you just need three items to play? Football, or soccer as we know it. Ronaldinho is one of the best soccer players with an interesting early life, good career that is still going on today, and many accomplishments and achievements that he is still getting to this day! Ronaldinho had an interesting early life starting with his childhood. He was born on March 21, 1980 in Porto Alegia, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. His full name is Ronaldo De Assis Moreira. His mom was Dona Miguelina Eloi Assis dos Santos who was a salesperson who studied to be a nurse.
His dad was Joao de Assis Moreira he was a shipyard worker and a soccer play at a local soccer at Esporte Clube Cruzeiro. His dad died when Ronaldinho was 8 from a heart attack in his family swimming pool. When Ronaldinho was thirteen he was first spotted by the media when he scored 23 goals in a 23-0 victory against a local team. The first soccer team Ronaldinho was on was Gremio he made his senior debut in the 1998 Copa Libertadores. He also play for the under 17 Brazil National team. Ina 1997 he won the FIFA U-17 World Championship. He scored his first goal on a penalty against Austria which Brazil ended up winning 7-0.
Ronaldinho finished with two goals and was awarded the Bronze Ball award as Brazil scored a total of twenty-one goals while only conceding two. After playing for Gremio and the U-17 Brazil National he went on and played with some great teams like Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, AC Milan, and Flamengo. The first team Ronaldinho played for was Paris Saint-Germain. He wore the number 21 in his debut on August 4th, 2001 as a substitution in a 1-1 draw against Auxerre. He scored his first goal on October 13th 2001 in a 2-2 draw against Lyon.
He had the equalizing goal in the 79th minute after coming in 10 minutes earlier. After he returned from the winter he scored a goal in four consecutive games. On March 21st 2002 he scored two goals against Troyes. He scored his final goal of the season in the club’s 2-0 goal against Metz on April 27th. Ronaldinho helped PSG reach the semi-finals in the Copa de la Ligue where they got eliminated by Bordeaux. Even though Ronaldinho was very successful with Paris Saint-Germain, Luis Fernandes the manager of PSG says that he is too focused on the Parisian nightlife rather than soccer.
He returned to PSG in the 2002-03 season but the number ten jersey. On October 26th 2002 he scored two goals against rival Marseille. Even with Ronaldinho scoring 8 goals in this season PSG came in a disappointing 11th place. Following the season Ronaldinho said he wanted to leave the club for better European competition. After Ronaldinho left PSG he went to Barcelona. Barcelona outbid Manchester United for Ronaldinho with a bid of 30 million Euros. He made his first appearance against AC Milan scoring a goal in the 2-0 victory.
After suffering an injury he returned and helped lead Barcelona to a second place finish. Ronaldinho won his first league title in 2004-05 season with Barcelona. On March 8th 2005 Barcelona was eliminated from the UEFA Champions League by Chelsea in the first knock out round with a final score of 4-2 with Ronaldinho scoring both goals for Barcelona. Ronaldinho was chosen for the UEFA Team of the Year for a third consecutive time in January 2006. In the 2005-06 Champions League quarterfinal Barcelona eliminated Benefica with a 2-0 with Ronaldinho scoring one of the goals.
In the semi finals Barcelona won against AC Milan with a score of 1-0 with Ronaldinho assisting Ludovic Giuly with their only goal in the series. Barcelona moved into the Champions League final which they won on May 17 2006 with a 2-1 score against Arsenal. On November 25th Ronaldinho scored his 50th goal against Villarreal, and then scored again that game. Ronaldinho was once again voted for the UEFA Team of the Year in January 2007 receiving the highest amount of nominations with 290 thousand.
He played his 200th career game with Barcelona against Osasuna on February 3rd 2008. A muscle tear on April 3rd ended his season. In July 2008 Ronaldinho turned down a 25. 5 million Euro offer from Manchester City to join a Serie A team, AC Milan for 5. 1 million Euro’s a year. With number 10 already taken Ronaldinho took number 80. Ronaldinho scored his first goal for AC Milan against rival Internazionale on September 28th 2008. On November 6th Ronaldinho scored a 93rd minute game winning goal against Braga in the UEFA Cup group stage on November 6th.
After some fitness issues and often playing from the bench Ronaldinho finished his first season with AC Milan with 10 goals in 32 appearances. Ronaldinho second season didn’t start out that well, even though he started almost every game he found himself on the bench against, But after awhile he rediscovered himself and became AC Milan’s best player of the season. He changed from his Attacking Midfield position to a more familiar Left Wing. On January 10th 2010 Ronaldinho scored two goals against Juventus in an away match sealing a 3-0 victory.
In the following match against Siena on January 17th 2010 Ronaldinho scored his first hat-trick for AC Milan. On January 11th 2011 Ronaldinho joined Flamengo. He scored his first goal for Flamengo on February 6th 2011 in a 3-2 victory against Boavista. On February 27th 2011 Ronaldinho scored a goal against Boavista in a 1-0 victory for their first piece of ‘Silverware’ with the team, the Taca Guanabara. On July 27th 2011 Ronaldinho scored his first hat-trick with Flamengo in a 5-4 away win against rivals Santos, after being down 3-0 in the first 30 minutes.
With all these amazing teams he also won many awards and championships. Ronaldinho won many individual awards, some championships, a player of the year award or two, and even a FIFA world cup. In 1999 Ronaldinho won two individual award and two championships, these were Best Player of the Year in the Rio Grande do Sul Championship, 15 goals in Rio Grande do Sul Championship. He also won two championships in 1999 the Rio Grande do Sul Championship and the Copa Sul Championship. In 2000 Ronaldinho only won one award and that was the Silver Ball from the Placar Magazine.
In 2001 He also only won one championship and that was the UEFA Intertoto Cup. Through the 2004-6 season Ronaldinho won 11 awards, championships, and player of the year awards. Through the 2009-10 Ronaldinho won three awards the Golden foot, World Soccer Player of the Decade, and World Team of the Decade from the newspaper The Sun. These are all the reasons why Ronaldinho is one of the best soccer players in the world with an interesting early life, amazing career that is still going on today, and awards, accomplishments, and achievements that he is still getting to this day.