Today, we will continue with the biography of Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho, who is considered one of the best players of his generation.
Childhood & Early Life
Ronaldinho was born as Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, in the city of Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil on March 21, 1980. His mother named Elói Assis dos Santos is a sales assistant while his father named João de Assis Moreira is a shipyard worker and a football player for a local club.
Ronaldinho inherited the passion of his father for football. He started playing organized football when he was a child. Unfortunately, when he was eight years old, his father died of a heart attack.
He then became an active player in a local youth club with the nickname “Ronaldinho” during this time. When he was 13 years old, Ronaldinho first came into limelight with a total of 23 goals in a 23-0 victory against another local team.
In 1997, he was chosen for the Under-17 Brazilian national team and helped his team win the FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Egypt.
He inked his first professional deal with Gremio and made his senior debut during the Copa Libertadores 1998.
Awards & Achievements
Ronaldinho received two La Liga Foreign Player of the Year, known as Don Balón Award, in the 2003-2004 season and the 2005-2006 season.
He was also won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2004 and 2005. Besides, he achieved the inaugural FIFPro World Player of the Year in 2005. In the same time, he was named the European Footballer of the Year.
Ronaldinho also featured in the “FIFA 100,” the world’s greatest living players compiled by Pelé.
Personal Life & Legacy
Ronaldinho has close relationships with his brother Roberto, who acts as his manager, and his sister Deisi, who acts as his press coordinator.
He married with Brazilian dancer Janaína Mendes. They have a son João.