Name

Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima

Date of Birth

22.09.1976 (Bento Ribeiro)

Height

1.83m

Position

Striker

Nationality

Brazilian

Caps

91 (58 goals)

1 x Dutch Cup : 1995-1996
1 x Spanish League : 2002-2003
1 x Spanish Cup : 1996-1997
1 x Cup Winners Cup : 1996-1997
1 x UEFA Cup : 1997-1998
2 x Copa America : 1997, 1999
1 x World Cup : 2002
1 x Dutch League Top Scorer : 1994-1995
2 x Spanish League Top Scorer : 1996-1997, 2003-2004
1 x Copa America Top Scorer : 1999
1 x World Cup Top Scorer : 2002
3 x FIFA World Player of the Year : 1996, 1997, 2002
2 x European Footballer of the Year :  1997, 2002
3 x World Soccer Player of the Year : 1996, 1997, 2002
 

Season

Team

Games

Goals

Assists

Position

1993

Cruzeiro

14

12

-

15th

1994-1995

PSV

33

30

-

3rd

1995-1996

PSV

13

12

-

2nd

1996-1997

Barcelona

37

34

5

2nd

1997-1998

Inter

32

25

-

2nd

1998-1999

Inter

19

14

-

8th

1999-2000

Inter

7

3

-

4th

2000-2001

Inter

0

0

0

5th

2001-2002

Inter

10

7

-

3rd

2002-2003

Real Madrid

31

23

4

1st

2003-2004

Real Madrid

32

24

4

4th

2004-2005

Real Madrid

34

21

8

2nd

2005-2006

Real Madrid

23

14

2

2nd

 

Cruzeiro

14

12

-

0.86 GPG

 

PSV

46

42

-

0.91 GPG

 

Barcelona

37

34

5

0.92 GPG

 

Inter

68

49

9

0.72 GPG

 

Real Madrid

120

82

18

0.68 GPG

 

Cup Winners Cup

7

5

-

0.71 GPG

 

European Cup

38

14

-

0.37 GPG

 

UEFA Cup

23

15

-

0.65 GPG

 

Brazil

97

62

-

0.64 GPG

 

Totals

450

315

32

0.70 GPG

 
PSV paid a then record fee of 4 million for the prodigiously talented teenager who
was an unused member of Brazil's 1994 World Cup winning squad.

After averaging a goal a game in the Dutch league Barcelona won a fierce battle with
Inter over Ronaldo's signature. An amazing start to his Spanish career saw him collect
the first of his FIFA and World Soccer player awards. He finished La Liga top scorer,
scored the winning goal for Barcelona in the Cup Winners Cup final and also scored
in the Copa America final for Brazil.

One year after missing out on his signature, Inter snatched him away from Barca by
paying the 19 million buy out clause in his contract, 9 million more than Barca had
paid for him the previous season. His relentless goalscoring rate continued earning
him second successive FIFA and World Soccer player of the year awards and for the
first time the most prestigious award of them all, the Ballon D'or.

Ronaldo completed an unwanted hat-trick of second place finishes following a hugely
controversial defeat against Juventus. While Inter were fuming over the referee's
failure to award them a penalty for a foul on Ronaldo Juventus promptly went
downfield and won one their own with a trademark dive. Del Piero converted and
Juventus went on to seal the championship. Ronaldo helped Inter gain consolation
weeks later with a goal in a 3-0 UEFA Cup final victory over Lazio.

Clearly established as the best player in the World Ronaldo lived up to the hype at
the 1998 World Cup. He was outstanding as both goalscorer and goal maker as Brazil
marched relentlessly towards a record fifth World Cup with victories over Denmark
and Holland in classic encounters. Ronaldo's name didn't appear on Brazil's initial
team sheet for the final against France. Rumours that the striker had suffered a
convulsive fit on the eve of the finals were later confirmed. A lethargic Ronaldo
watched on helplessly as hosts France thrashed them to win their first ever World Cup.

Ronaldo ended a frustrating, injury plagued 1998-1999 campaign on a high note by
helping Brazil retain the Copa America. He ruptured a tendon in his right knee in
November and lasted six minutes into his comeback in an Italian Cup tie against
Lazio. Lazio proved to be the striker's bogey club. After missing almost two years
with injury Ronaldo returned to action in 2002. Inter needed victory away to Lazio to
win the championship. They were crushed 4-2 and Ronaldo left the pitch in tears after
being substituted late in the second half.

Ronaldo would cry tears of joy in the World Cup that summer. Champions France and
arch rivals Argentina fell in the first round and Brazil took full advantage of a weak
field to win a fifth World Cup, Ronaldo scored both goals in the final against Germany.

An unhappy five year stay in Italy ended with a move to Real Madrid. An overweight
Ronaldo was pillared by the Spanish press following indifferent form but finally came
good in the second half of the season as Real made up for a champions league exit at
the hands of Juventus to win the Spanish championship, his first ever league title.

Knee injuries have robbed 'Il Fenomeno'' of his astonishing pace but he still remains
one of the deadliest strikers in the game. Despite poor performances in the 2006
World Cup he managed to break Gerd Muller's record as all time leading scorer
in the competition with 15 goals and has already established himself as one of
the all time greats.

Key Attributes : Pace, power, dribbling