Name: Ronaldo de Assis Moreira
Birth Date: 21/03/1980
Birth Place:Porto Alegre
Club Number: 10
Positions: SS★, AMF, CF
Ronaldo de Assis Moreira or better known as Ronaldinho or Ronaldinho Gaucho around the world is a Brazilian famous soccer player that made headlines many times through his rich career.
Ronaldinho was born in Villa Nova which is a neighborhood in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography shows that he is the youngest child to mother Dona Miguelina Elói Assis dos Santos who is a former sales person. Miguelina later studied to become a nurse.
Ronaldinho's father João de Assis Moreira worked as a shipyard worker who also played soccer for the local club Esporte Clube Cruzeiro.
Joao suffered a fatal heart attack in the family pool when Ronaldinho was only 8.
Ronaldinho's brother Roberto signed a professional contract with the team Gremio which allowed the family to move into a better home in the more affluent Guarujá section of Porto Alegre.
Roberto's career was cut short by injuries but he inspired young Ronaldinho to follow in his footsteps.
I think it is important to mention in this Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography that Ronaldinho's sister Deisi works as his press coordinator and his brother Roberto is his manager.
Ronaldinho's soccer playing days start when he was 8 and started playing Futsal and Beach Soccer.
Short after he earned a nickname Ronaldinho because he was usually the youngest and smallest player on the field.
Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography shows him being recognized as a superstar player in the making when he was only 13 years old as he scored all 23 goals for his team in a 23-0 victory over another local team instantly capturing the eye of the media.
He made an appearance for Brazil's U17 squad in 1997 scoring 2 goals from penalties.
Ronaldinho fathered a son on February 25th 2005, after Brazilian dancer Janaína Mendes gave birth to their son, who was named João after Ronaldinho's late father.
Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography should also show that Ronaldinho's 2005 Nike advertisement, where he juggles the ball and repeatedly hits the crossbar recovering the ball before touching the ground, made it to You Tube's first videos to reach 1 million viewers.
Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography - Starts his professional career in Gremio
Ronaldinho Gaucho professional playing career starts with Gremio after going through their youth academy.
He made his first professional appearance during the 1998 Copa Libertadores.
Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography shows that Arsenal was the first team wanting to acquire Ronaldinho's playing services in 2001 but the move collapsed because Ronaldinho could not obtain a work permit in England.
Biography on Ronaldinho - Continues his professional career in PSG
Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography continues with a move to the French team Paris Saint-Germain in 2001 for a reported 5 million EUROS.
He was given number 21 and made his debut for the club on August 4th 2001 as a substitute in a 1-1 draw against Auxerre.
Ronaldinho did not get the starting spot right away and his 2001 season consisted of being a substitute scoring his first goal for PSG on October 13th, 2001 in a 2-2 draw against Lyon.
After the winter break Ronaldinho came back ready to play and secure his spot in the first team by consecutively scoring goals in four matches to open the new campaign.
Ronaldinho influenced PSG to the semi final of 2001–02 Coupe de la Ligue where Paris Saint-Germain was beaten by Bordeaux.
Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography at PSG shows that despite Ronaldinhos success, PSG Manager Luis Fernandez claimed that Ronaldinho was too focused on the Parisian night life rather than soccer.
He also complained that Ronaldinho's holidays in Brazil never ended on scheduled times.
Despite everything Ronaldinho stayed with the team for 2002-03 season also switching to number 10 shirt.
He played with little less passion than the season before but he still helped PSG by scoring goals when they mattered.
On October 26th, 2002 he managed to score two goals in the 3-1 victory against the city rivals Marseille.
Ronaldinho was also praised for his performance in Coupe de France where he scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Bordeaux in the semi final.
Unfortunately Paris Saint-Germain failed to capture the form that made them reach the final and instead lost the final match against Auxerre.
Despite Ronaldinhos performances, PSG finished in disappointing 11th place.
Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography at PSG ended the following season as Ronaldinho declared a wish to leave the club after they failed to qualify for any European competition.
Profile on Ronaldinho - The star shines bright in Barcelona 2003-2008
After promising to bring David Beckham to Barcelona and failing due to Beckam signing with Barcelona rival Real Madrid, Barcelona went after Ronaldinho, outbidding Manchester United and signing Ronaldinho for a reported 30 Million Euro's ($40 million).
Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography shows that he made his debut in 2003 against AC Milan in a friendly match played in Washington, D.C., scoring one goal in a 2-0 victory over AC Milan.
Ronaldinho was injured for good part of the season but returned to help Barcelona finish 2nd in the league promising them a Champions League spot.
Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography stats show that the following year at Barcelona would be perhaps the best year in Ronaldinhos career winning the league title in 2004-05 and being named the FIFA World Player of The Year in 2004.
Ronaldinho took the FIFA World Player of The Year once again the following year, beating Chelsea's Frank Lampard and Barcelona teammate Samuel Eto'o to become 2 consecutive time FIFA World Player of The Year.
With his contract expiring in 2008 Barcelona offered to extend it till 2014, netting him a cool £85 million (132 million dollars) but he turned it down.
In September 2005 he signed a 2 year extension deal that contained a minimum-fee clause stating that Ronaldinho could leave the club if any team made an offer to Barcelona of at least £85 million (132 million dollars) for him.
Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography shows him winning several personal awards during the 2004-05 season.
All the awards are listed below this Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography article in the ACHIEVEMENTS section.
Ronaldinho had been named UEFA Team of The Year for the third consecutive time in January 2006.
This same season (2005-06) he won the League Title and played a major role in Barcelona's Champions League Trophy run beating Arsenal in the final on May 17th, 2006.
Important to mention in this Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography is that this was his first career double title win.
He finished the 2005-06 season with career high 26 goals in all competitions and was also named 2005-06 Champions League Player of the Year.
Ronaldinho finished 3th in 2006 FIFA World Player of the Year, behind the World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro and Zinedine Zidane.
His 200th game for Barcelona was against Osasuna on February 3th, 2008 but this same year would be plagued by injuries and a mucle tear in his leg that ended his season prematurely in April, 2008 according to Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography.
Ronaldinhos last match as a Barcelona player was an International anti-racism match in Venezuela on 28th June, 2008 which ended in 7-7 draw with Ronaldinho scoring 2 goals and having 2 assists.
Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography - From Barcelona to AC Milan
Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography continues with AC Milan in July 2008, when Ronaldinho put pen to paper to sign with Milan after turning down £25.5 million ($40 million) offer from Manchester City.
His signature with AC Milan was reported to be a three year contract worth €22.5 million ($32 million) plus a yearly bonus of €1.05 million ($1.3 million).
With #10 being taken by AC Milan teammate Clarence Seedorf, he selected #80 to wear.
Ronaldinho finished his first season scoring 10 goals in 32 appearances, his first goal came against the city rival Internacionale in a derby played on 28th February, 2008.
After decent start of the season, Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography shows that Ronaldinho started to struggle with fitness causing him to be used as a substitute in majority of the matches ending a disappointing first season at AC Milan.
His second season began disappointing and although he started the season as a regular starter for AC Milan, he would soon find himself on the bench due to poor performance.
About half way through the season, we started seeing the old Ronaldinho.
Getting back in shape was the major turning point for Ronaldinho as he finished the season as perhaps the best player on the Milan squad.
His role on the field was changed from Attacking Midfielder to a more natural position on the Left Wing with the arrival of new Manager Leonardo.
Ronaldinho Gaucho ends his career stint with AC Milan by winning the Seria A League Title in 2010-11. This same season Ronaldinho also had the most assists in Seria A.
Ronaldinho ended his AC Milan career with the last match against Juventus where he scored 2 goals in a 3-0 victory.
This was also Manager Leonardo's last game in charge of AC Milan.
Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography - Back in Brazil with Flamengo
After being linked to going back to his childhood team Gremio, Ronaldinho joined the Brazilian side Flamengo on 11th January, 2011 with a contract ending in 2014.
His unveiling for the new club on 13th January, 2011 was greeted by more than 20,000 fans according to Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography.
He scored his first goal for Flamengo in 3-2 victory over Boavista on February 6th, 2011.
On February 27th, 2011 Ronaldinho won his first Silverware with the club converting a second half free kick to win the game 1-0 against Boavista. This marked 19th Flamengo Taca Guanabara Title.
Ronaldinho's first hat-trick came on 27th July, 2011 in an away win 5-4 against the rivals Santos. It is important to mention that Flamengo went down 0-3 during the first 30 minutes of this match making an incredible comeback to win the game 5-4.
Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography - INTERNATIONAL Career
Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography shows him being one of the very few players that played for Brazil's every International age level.
He was part of the first Brazilian team to win the FIFA U-17 World Championship in 1997. Ronaldinho finished this tournament with 2 goals and winning the Bronze Ball.
During the 1999 Ronaldinho took part in 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship scoring 3 goals however Brazil was eliminated by Uruguay in the Quarter Finals.
On 26th June, 1999 Ronaldinho earned his first cap for Brazil in a 3-0 win over Latvia. He also scored one goal in Brazil's victorious 1999 Copa America.
One week after winning the 1999 Copa America Ronaldinho Gaucho was called up for 1999 Confederations Cup. It is important to mention a fact that Ronaldinho scored in every single match expect the final.
Brazil lost the final game against Mexico 4-3 but Ronaldinho managed to take home Golden Ball for the best player and Golden Boot for the top goalscorer of the tournament.
In 2000 Ronaldinho participated in Brazil's U23 team at Summer Olympics held in Sydney, Australia.
Earlier the same year Ronaldinho helped Brazil qualify for the Summer Olympics by scoring 9 goals in 7 matches during the Pre-Olympic Tournament.
Brazil would not get far as they were beaten by Cameroon in the quarter final. Cameroon went on to win the Gold Medal.
Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography on the International stage continues with his first World Cup appearance in 2002 where he scored two goals in five matches and also earned a red card during the quarter final where he also scored a winning goal before being sent off.
He was back in Brazil's starting lineup for the final against Germany as Brazil won their 5th World Cup Title.
Important to mention in this Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography is that Ronaldinho was part of the best attacking trio during the 2002 World Cup, including Ronaldo and Rivaldo, who were on the winning squad for the 1999 Copa America as well.
Ronaldinhos next International tournament was the 2003 Confederations Cup where he did not score any goals and Brazil was eliminated in the group stages due to poor performance.
Following year (2004) Ronaldinho was left out of 2004 Copa America squad as Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira decided to rest his stars.
He came back to Brazil squad as Captain in 2005 Confederations Cup. Brazil went on to win the title against arch-rivals Argentina in a 4-1 score where Ronaldinho was also named Man of the Match.
2006 World Cup was expected to be another Ronaldinho's accomplishment as he was joined in the attack by world class players Adriano, Ronaldo and Kaka.
This World Cup ended disappointing for Brazil and Ronaldinho as he could not score any goals and would provide only one assist before being eliminated in the quarter final by France (1-0).
Brazil was harshly criticized by the media and fans for their poor performance and on July 3th, only two days after being eliminated from the 2006 World Cup, vandals destroyed a 7.5 meter (23 Ft) tall statue of Ronaldinho located in Chapeco, Brazil.
This statue was erected in 2004 to celebrate Ronaldinhos first FIFA Player of the Year award according to Ronaldinho Gaucho Biography.
Ronaldinho was called up for 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing but Barcelona blocked the move because of team commitment to Barcelona and Champions League match coming up.
He ended his career with Barcelona in 2008, signing with AC Milan who let him join Brazil in 2008 Summer Olympics.
Brazil was eliminated by Argentina in the semi final and would go on to win the Bronze Medal after beating Belgium 3-0.
Despite returning to good form, Coach Dunga did not name Ronaldinho as part of Brazil's squad for 2010 World Cup held in South Africa.
Critics and media have claimed that the exclusion of players such are Ronaldinho, Alexandre Pato, Adriano and Ronaldo signals a move away from the classic and well known attacking "Joga Bonito" style of play that Brazil has used through the years.
In September 2011 Ronaldinho made his return to Brazilian squad under Coach Mano Menezes in a friendly against Ghana.
Following his good form he is expected to be seen in the Brazilian squad for the 2014 Fifa World Cup.