Real name Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, Ronaldo is a Brazilian international footballer who has evolved as a center-forward. The one nicknamed Il Fenomeno in Italy was born on September 22, 1976 in Rio de Janeiro, in the district of Bento Ribeiro. His unconditional love for football began at the age of 4 after receiving a ball as a Christmas present. If he learns the fundamentals of this sport in the street, it is by playing futsal that he develops his purebred attacking techniques.
Endowed with an unparalleled talent, it was in São Cristovão that Ronaldo took his first steps in football before playing for Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, a Brazilian first division club from 1992. Thanks to his performances as a centre-forward, he began a European career by signing for PSV Eindhoven. In two seasons spent in this Dutch club, the native of Rio de Janeiro has demonstrated all his skill in front of goal. Results that convinced the leaders of FC Barcelona who recruited him in 1996. He left the Spaniard for Italy where he signed for Inter Milan. At the top of his game, he returns to play in the Spanish league, but this time for Real Madrid against a check for 42 million euros. He spent 5 seasons with the Madrid team before joining AC Milan. Ronaldo hasn’t only known success at club level. With the Brazilian national team, he won several titles including two World Cups.
After his retirement, Ronaldo, who is an ambassador for the UN, does not move away from the world of football. As proof, he is the owner of the Real Valladolid club. The prolific goalscorer is also involved in various humanitarian projects, particularly in the fight against illiteracy in his native country.
On the private side, Ronaldo has been in a relationship with Milene Domingues, Daniela Cicarelli and Maria Beatriz Antony. He is also the father of 4 children: Ronald, Maria-Alice, Maria Sophia and Alexander.