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Spelling Ronaldo Nazario de Lima
  Ronaldo Nazario
Gender Male
Ethnic Brazilian
Job Brazilian Footballer
Desc The scariest thing about Ronaldo? We arguably didn’t see him reach his full potential, as knee injuries stopped him in his tracks on two separate occasions. It’s scary to envisage what the former Barcelona, Inter and Real Madrid man could have achieved had he stayed in peak physical condition for the majority of his career. He was the perfect embodiment of what you would want from a striker and, as his eight goal tally at the 2002 World Cup proved, no one could rival him when he was in the mood


Owner Real Valladolid
Org Brazil National Team
Club as Player Real Madrid
  Inter Milan


Agent Giovanni Branchini
Teammate Aldair
  Roberto Carlos
1998 07 12
World Cup 1998 final where France defeat Brazil 3-0. Zinedine Zidane score 2 goals with assist from Emmanuel Petit and Youri Djorkaeff. also final goal came from Emmanuel Petit with assist by Patrick Vieira

2010 09 07 Retrieve

[Ronaldo’s finest got nabbed for bringing three transvestite prostitutes back to his hotel room after dropping his girlfriend home first] Ronaldo admits the facts. He said he just wanted to amuse himself, that’s not a crime but this will stain my life forever

2011 03 18 Retrieve

[Brazil Legend Ronaldo Hails Fantastic Opposing Fans Ahead Of Friendly Against Scotland] One of my favourite footballing memories is of the opening game of the 1998 World Cup in Paris against Scotland and the fantastic Scottish fans, so I am very excited to be experiencing a Scotland-Brazil match once again

2014 03 01 Retrieve

[Ronaldo on Zinedine Zidane’s next career move] I believe Zidane is preparing to train France. He won’t spend much time as the number two at Real Madrid. With all of his experience, he can train any team

2015 01 24 Retrieve

[Brazil legend Ronaldo names his favourite striker] I think the best striker is Ibrahimovic. He wears No10, but he plays like a No9. Last year I went to Paris a couple of times and watched matches in which he played. His movement [is amazing]! He’s very, very good - the best at the moment

2016 10 22 Retrieve

[Former Real Madrid forward Ronaldo says he would like to see a certain Liverpool playmaker make the move to the Santiago Bernabeu] I would like to see Coutinho at Real Madrid, the Liverpool player

2017 02 25 Retrieve

[Ronaldo reveals the reason behind his famous haircut during the 2002 FIFA World Cup Final] My groin was hurting. I was only at 60 per cent. So I shaved my head. Everybody was only talking about my injury. When I arrived in training with this haircut everybody stopped talking about the injury

2017 04 29 Retrieve

[Ronaldo posts his support for Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Instagram] [You have] my positive thinking, so that you have a good recovery, and come back even stronger. The force is in our will! You have my support, respect and admiration for facing the injury with this warrior spirit of overcoming adversity

2017 08 12 Retrieve

[Ronaldo talks about his time being a part of the 1994 FIFA World Cup winning team as a 17-year-old] Let me put it this way. Harvard’s a pretty big deal in America, right? Well, playing with that team in that tournament was like going to the Ivy League of football. It was a first-class, front-row education on how to not just play football, but how to be a footballer. How to be a World Cup champion. I didn’t play a minute in that tournament, but I watched and absorbed everything that I could. I took notes, collected all this information, knowing that someday I was going to be back. That summer changed my life and my career

2018 01 27 Retrieve

[Ronaldo tells about a possible new project in his career in football] I’m thinking about buying a club in the second division in Spain or England. I want to do something innovative. I think I’m prepared for the challenge

2018 08 29 Retrieve

[Ronaldo talks about Romario] I played with some amazing players and he is one of them. I did not have the chance to play with Zico but I think that Romário, at least for me, was the most decisive Brazilian player. He was a great goalscorer, finisher, skilful, opportunist. I think I learnt all of that from him

2018 12 08 Retrieve

[Ronaldo on comparison between him and Cristiano Ronaldo] I would say we were different in the role we played, even if he now players a lot more in the middle and closer to the goal. Perhaps in the past an assist satisfied him as much as a goal. Now, I don’t think it does. In that desire for goals we are equal, yes

2019 05 11 Retrieve

[Ronaldo speaks about his ambitions in club ownership] I think I have one thing that they don’t, because I played and I know what players think. I know what they want. I know what they need

2019 05 23 Retrieve

[World Cup winner Ronaldo has said of Vinicius and the other Samba stars emerging in Madrid] He is a spectacular talent, as well as Rodrygo, who is an incredible talent. Madrid has been reinforced with very good young talents

2019 05 29 Retrieve

[Brazil legend Ronaldo has welcomed the investigation into match-fixing in La Liga, where he is majority shareholder of Real Valladolid] [I hope] Borja was not involved at all. But, in any case, I think it’s good that it’s investigated because we should all want for there to be no corruption. Look, I’m from Brazil and over there we’ve got a tremendous amount of corruption. We support the investigation, we’ll do everything to collaborate and we’ll provide all the information we have.

[Despite his willingness to collaborate, and the interviews police conducted on Wednesday with key witnesses, Ronaldo said the club had not yet been contacted] Nobody has called us yet. I haven’t been able to speak to Borja, or anyone. We can’t do anything more than wait for all this to be cleared up

[A 2-1 away win over Rayo Vallecano ensured their survival, eventually finishing 16th] After everything we’ve gone through this season, we’re still on cloud nine

2019 05 30 Retrieve

[Brazil great Ronaldo can understand the comparisons between himself and Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe] Yes, I do. I love him. He’s fast, can finish and he’s only 20 years old. We’ve known about him for three years already because he has a lot of talent. I don’t know how players are valued at what they are now, but who am I to speak? People paid a lot of money for me, and for [Zinedine] Zidane. It’s a normal evolution in football.

[Ronaldo replied when asked if Vinicius’ adaptation was unexpected] No, I’d seen him at Flamengo. He has a lot of quality and that’s why Madrid paid €40million. When they put him in the team they saw what he has. He’s not fully formed, but he’s 18 years old and it’ll come. He’s an incredible player and will bring a lot of joy

2019 07 12 Retrieve

[Ronaldo walked out Inter on the final day of the 2002 summer transfer window - never to return. His frayed relationship with Hector Cuper had essentially been the cause of his unhappiness in Milan] With him [Cuper], there wasn’t any feeling, I couldn’t work with him. He wasn’t able to give the team a winning mentality. In time, I was confirmed right.

[In time, though, Ronaldo was also racked with regrets. He knew that he had erred in essentially issuing Moratti an ultimatum] The moment that I asked him to sack Cuper or risk having me leave, Moratti chose Cuper. That’s why I wouldn’t do it again. Instead, I’d try to get my point across in another manner

2019 11 25 Retrieve

[Ronaldo, who now owns Real Valladolid, publicly expresses an interest in signing Rodrygo] He had a great season last year and he practically saved Real Madrid from even worse failure. I’d love to be able to have him

2020 02 11 Retrieve

[Brazil legend Ronaldo has revealed that he never wanted to leave Barcelona back in 1997] I’d signed a contract renewal at the end of the season and I went away with the Brazil national team. Five days later, they called me to tell me that I couldn’t continue with the renewal. It was never in my hands. I wanted to stay. If the club didn’t value me as I thought they should, then the decision wasn’t in my hands. I would have liked to have stayed, but it wasn’t up to me.

[Ronaldo said of his time with Real] I played alongside Roberto Carlos for Brazil, and he would tell me about all that Madrid represented, and what he experienced there. That stuck in my mind, and after a few years I wanted to see it with my own eyes. I came to Madrid and it was even greater than what Roberto had told me, bigger than I could imagine. It’s Real Madrid. There is great expectation and great pressure. There are also, of course, the best players in the world. I was delighted to find out that it was such a huge club, and that I could help the club to be even greater.

There was a lot of expectation about that group of ‘Galacticos’. In the end we provided a lot of showmanship, were a winning generation, and changed the way of doing business in football. Since then, every club has generated more money and sold their players better. That was the big change in a new era of football. However, I can’t tell you which version of me was the best. I enjoyed all of them, of course. I love playing football and I love football. I think that’s more a question for the fans. I tried to be the best I could be throughout my entire career

2020 04 11 Retrieve

[Madeira’s regional secretary of health, Pedro Ramos says Ronaldo sent ‘no privilege’ training warning as Juventus star is spotted at Madeira stadium] Ronaldo has no special permission to train. Cristiano Ronaldo has the right to train as long as he respects the rules like all citizens, there is no privilege. All citizens can leave the house and do so, as long as they do not cause gatherings and maintain a safe distance during the exercise. Therefore, Ronaldo did what we have seen. There was no special authorisation because we are all the same, we are all facing the same pandemic. The best player in the world must use his image to set an example, but Cristiano seems to me to have done just a few minutes of exercise and, therefore, there is no harm in the world. I would not like it to be said that it is trivialisation, because we are all responsible. All Madeirans are complying with the rules of the regional government. And those who do not know that the forces of authority can exercise their power

2020 04 14 Retrieve

[Ronaldo has declared David Beckham as one of the best players of all time as the Brazilian praised his former Real Madrid team-mate’s incredible crossing ability] For me, and this is the truth, you were one of the best of all time with the centre. The way you would touch the ball, the way you could put the ball wherever you want, and without looking at me I was just moving and the ball came. I should thank you for the many balls you gave to me

2020 04 25 Retrieve

[Ronaldo pens a letter to Real Valladolid supporters] We are separated by physical distance, but I am convinced that we have never been so close. Empathy is what unites us now. The collective spirit, responsibility, humanity

2020 04 25b Retrieve

[Ronaldo pens emotional letter to fans amid coronavirus pandemic] For weeks I have been thinking about how to contact you in these delicate moments of confinement and bad news. Finally, I have decided to send you this letter, and I hope you can feel the affection and consideration with which I have written it. From my house to yours. From my family to your family. We are separated by physical distance, but I am convinced that we have never been so close. Empathy is what unites us now. The collective spirit, responsibility, humanity. We are inside our houses for ourselves, for those we love, for all whom we do not even know and for those who can no longer be with us. We help each other by enhancing this solidarity in multiple ways. I am writing to thank you for being there, even more now, transforming your house into a home. For turning every moment into something memorable for your family. For patience, caution and your optimism, despite all the difficulties, challenges and losses that we are facing in these difficult times. Soccer has taught me many things. The biggest was how to overcome things. When I suffered my first and most serious knee injury, there were people who said that I would never play again, and that I could never even walk again. I felt like my own life was being taken from me. It was in those moments that my limits were tested, and I fought to change those opinions and show everyone that I could do what I wanted most. They were three very hard years of rehabilitation, motivated by the desire to feel all that I could only feel on the field, with the ball at my feet. In the end, the moment came, perhaps the most iconic of my entire career: in 2002, in Japan, playing a World Cup final with Brazil. Scoring two goals against Germany. For my country, the title of five-time champion; for me, the consecration of my return. I am sure that you too, when you look back, you will remember how many times you got up, of all your battles, and how many times you managed to overcome, throughout your life, to make the impossible possible and get to where you are being who you are. If this letter reaches you today, it is because, among the choices of my life, one has been the Pucela (Valladolid). I have also chosen. I have also been passionate. Like you, I look forward to the return to our home. I close my eyes and think about that Zorrilla full of fans. It is the passion that moves me. Off the field, I am still motivated to overcome every challenge. And personally, that I have come after you to this family, I thank you for being with me. Stay strong. We are together and we will come out stronger from all this

2020 04 26 Retrieve

[Ronaldo main business interest in 2020 was Spanish club Real Valladolid, having become majority shareholder and president in 2018. Upon taking control of the Liga side] We want to grow and reach where our will allows us. I will use four words to define our politics: Competitiveness, Transparency, Revolution and Social. I assure you that you will find me as a lover of Castilla-Leon, Valladolid and Real Valladolid

[Soon after retiring, one of Ronaldo’s first business ventures was to set up the sports and entertainment talent agency 9ine, which represented clients such as Neymar and a number of notable UFC fighters, including Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort and Junior dos Santos] I try to stay very conservative, I have made very few investments in my life. I have a team of experts in economics who live in Spain and we get together a few times per year to plan out the many strategies for each and every one of my investments, but my economic orientation is to always remain conservative. I really don’t have time to stay all day watching the stock market. I have a small piece of my money, very small, which I let my team manage with certain freedom so they can make one or two aggressive investments, but it’s not much really

2020 05 09 Retrieve

[Ronaldo speaks with kicker about his famous hairstyle at the 2002 World Cup] Everyone was talking about my injury. When I arrived in training with this hairstyle, it stopped. So I had my peace of mind and could focus on rehab. I was not really proud of my strange haircut, but it was a good way to change the subject

2020 06 01 Retrieve

[Former Barcelona star Ronaldo considers Lionel Messi to be the undisputed ‘number one’ in modern football, with Cristiano Ronaldo overlooked in the Brazilian’s top five as Mohamed Salah, Eden Hazard, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe get the nod] I also like Salah, Hazard, Neymar, I love watching him play, of course Mbappe. Many people say that he looks like me. He has a lot of speed, he finishes well, he has great movement, he shoots really well with both feet, he has an incredible stride. We have similar attributes, but I never liked the comparisons, especially between players of different generations, because the situations are different

[While talking up the qualities of a star turn in France, and recognising the efforts of Liverpool forward Salah in England, Ronaldo - who now owns a majority stake in Real Valladolid - considers La Liga to be the best league in the world] It is not clear that the Premier League is better than our league. Perhaps in television income the clubs receive more, but the best players are in Spain, or at least, most of them

2020 06 18 Retrieve

[Former Brazil striker and Real Valladolid majority shareholder Ronaldo has named Paris-Saint Germain forward Kylian Mbappe as his dream signing for the Liga side] I would sign Mbappe. He is the one who most reminds me of me and my playing times

2020 06 18b Retrieve

[Former Brazil striker and Real Valladolid majority shareholder Ronaldo has named Paris-Saint Germain forward Kylian Mbappe as his dream signing for the Liga side] I would sign Mbappe, he is the one who most reminds me of me and my playing times. For me, in the classification of the best in history, the four names would be Pele, Maradona, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, they are the top four in the history of football

Haaland is a great player, he is still young and has had a pretty good year with many goals, we will see how he ends it. Surely big teams are going to be watching, but Real Madrid have good players, like Benzema who scores goals every Sunday.

Alexis Sanchez has triumphed wherever he has gone but if he does not triumph at Inter, at Valladolid we open the doors for him to be with us