Ronaldo: He may not be the fittest player of all time but he has certainly cemented his name in the history books as one of greatest players football has ever seen. He was born in Bento Ribeiro, a poor neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Like many of his friends, he began to play football in the streets of his neighborhood knowing that his only way out of his poverty was to play football and become a professional player, little did he know that he will not only become a professional player but one the best professional players of all time in this sport.
Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (born September 18, 1976), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for the Italian Serie A club AC Milan. He has been nicknamed as "The Phenomenon" due to his unique style and flawless technique which made him score at will and was able to execute moves which were not seen before. Pelé named him one of the 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. In 2007 France Football named him in their best starting 11 of all time.
Ronaldo has enjoyed success at the international level as well, he won the 1994 and 2002 FIFA World Cups with Brazil.
Ronaldo has won three FIFA World Player of the Year awards (1996, 1997, 2002). He and former Real Madrid teammate Zinedine Zidane are the only two men to have won the award three times with Ronaldinho behind them with 2.
Ronaldo for me has been the most unlucky player of all time as well. Had it not been for his injuries, he would have crossed the legends we now know in Pele and Maradonna. No wonder why Jose Mourinho in his time at Chelsea once stated "Ronaldo was a better player than Maradonna in 1998-19993. This statement really ratified so to say, in authenticating Ronaldo's status as truly one of the greats of the game. Yet, he has not been given the recognition he deserves for the services he has given to football. Ronaldo really is a God's gift to football.
Ronaldo - The Master
People now a days talk about Cristiano Ronaldo as being the maestro in the midfield taking on players at will. I tell people to watch the real Ronaldo's archive videos and only then they would be able to realize what a talent Ronaldo was at his peak and before that as well. His peak, that never came actually as he got injured during the best years of his career and had he played in those years, only God knows what sort of records he would have made, I think he would have at the least broken every single record in the champions league, World Cups and all the league's he played in.
He could have won the World Player Of the Year at least 3 to 4 more times if he had remained fit during his mid 20's which would have taken him to the very top of hall of fame. Its just a shame how Ronaldo's career is taking its final steps as he continues to struggle to keep himself fit to play and show the world once again that there is only one Ronaldo and that is Ronaldo of Brazil.
Saying Ronaldo... is to say goal. And to talk about spectacular goals, bursting sprints and indescribable executions, is to talk about Ronaldo, no one has scored more goals in the world cups than him in history. Born in one of the poorest neighborhoods of the Brazilian capital, many say that the best forward in the world with a ball at his feet is Ronaldo. But it was never easy due to all the injuries he had and his personal life which was filled with controversies.
At 14 he was on the point of playing for Flamengo, but he didn´t have the money to pay the four bus ticket needed to go from his home to the club. Nevertheless, glory was waiting for him around the corner. At only 19 years of age, and playing in the lineup of PSV, he was elected by FIFA's best player in the world and at such an early age he showcased his potential at the highest level when he moved to barcelona the following year.
After that he never looked back and went from strength to strength and now although he many not be in his best form right now but Ronaldo has achieved everything there is to achieve in football and still at 31 who knows, what more magic has he got up his sleeve. He is going toward the twilight of his career now and I really hope that he can finish it with one last boom like Zidane did in the World Cup. http://www.youtube.com/user/aYasserRo...