ronaldinho gaúcho, brazilian player during the 2002 world cup

Hey, galera? How are you doing? Today in our Dica we are going to discuss the Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho. Or Ronaldinho Gaúcho, as he is also known. Ronaldinho is a player from Brazil famous for playing in great teams like Flamengo, PSG, Barcelona and Milan. Let’s dive today into Ronaldinho’s biography and discover his secrets, his passage through the World Cup, and also some curiosities about his soccer style and history!

Ronaldinho Biography

ronaldinho gaúcho, star player from the brazilian squad, and other teams like psg and barcelona.
Picture by Filipe Fortes at Wikicommons.

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira was born on March 21st 1980 in Brazil, commonly known as Ronaldinho Gaúcho, is a now retired football player who was very successful. Winning many different titles, including the FIFA World Cup in 2002 with the Brazilian Team and also personal titles such as FIFA’s Best World Player 2004, 2005 and Ballon d’or 2004, 2005. In Brazil most people call him Ronaldinho Gaúcho since Ronaldo was also playing back then and had the same nickname. Gaúcho is the Brazilian expression for people from Rio Grande do Sul and was used to distinguish the two players.

He started his professional career in 1997 playing for the Brazilian team Grêmio, where he played for four years, leading to a spot on the Brazilian Team which then went on to win Copa America in 1999 when he caught the attention of international teams.

Ronaldinho and PSG

In 2001, Ronaldinho headed to PSG Paris Saint-German and played for two seasons. Notably, Ronaldinho contributed to PSG’s success by helping secure the UEFA Cup in the 2001-2002 season, adding a European trophy to his burgeoning collection. However, his meteoric rise at PSG also drew the attention of Europe’s top clubs.

Ronaldinho and Barcelona

In 2003 Ronaldinho moved to FC Barcelona where reached his prime. It’s widely regarded as one of the most iconic and influential periods in the history of both the player and the club. Ronaldinho brought a captivating blend of skill, flair, and joy, transforming Barcelona into a footballing powerhouse. His exceptional vision, audacious dribbling, and flair for the extraordinary endeared him to fans around the world. Ronaldinho’s impact was immediate, as he played a pivotal role in Barcelona’s resurgence, guiding them to consecutive La Liga titles in the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 seasons.

The crowning achievement of Ronaldinho’s Barcelona career came in the 2005-2006 season when he led the team to the UEFA Champions League title, defeating Arsenal in the final. His performances were nothing short of magical, earning him the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2004 and 2005. The 2006-2007 season saw Ronaldinho continue to dazzle, contributing to another La Liga triumph. However, as injuries and off-field distractions began to take a toll, his influence gradually waned.

Ronaldinho and AC Milan

Ronaldinho started the season in 2008 playing for AC Milan where he played for three years. Signed from Barcelona, he brought his trademark flair and creativity to the Serie A. While his time at Milan did not replicate the monumental success of his Barcelona years, Ronaldinho nonetheless left an indelible mark on the club. In his debut season (2008-2009), Ronaldinho played a crucial role in helping Milan secure the Serie A title, showcasing glimpses of his mesmerizing skill set and contributing with key goals and assists. His partnership with fellow Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato added a dynamic and exciting dimension to Milan’s attacking play.

Ronaldinho Gaúcho and Brazil Domestic Teams

After playing for AC Milan he also played for the Brazilian team Flamengo for one year and won the state championship. After playing for Flamengo he headed to Atlético MG where he was also really successful, playing for Atlético he won Taça Libertadores da América, the most important tournament in South America, giving his team its first title in history.

Ronaldinho Gaúcho and his Play Style

ronaldinho playing and using the beautiful game style.
Picture by Jan Solo at Wikicommons.

“Jogo Bonito,” translated as “Beautiful Game” in Portuguese, is not just a style of play but a philosophy that embodies the artistry, flair, and creativity in football. It emphasizes skill, creativity, and an entertaining brand of football that goes beyond mere winning, focusing on the beauty of the game itself. Ronaldinho Gaúcho, the Brazilian football legend, is often considered one of the most iconic ambassadors of Jogo Bonito.

Ronaldinho’s style of play perfectly encapsulated the essence of Jogo Bonito. His footballing repertoire included an extraordinary combination of dribbling prowess, impeccable ball control, audacious tricks, and an innate ability to improvise on the field. He also had a type play which was not just effective; it was a spectacle that delighted fans worldwide. His infectious smile and joyful demeanor while playing further amplified the aesthetic appeal of his game.

Example of Jogo Bonito

Take a look at this goal that Ronaldinho made while playing for Barcelona in a game against Chelsea. This is a prime example of Jogo Bonito: there is a combination of assistance from other players, ball control, and even some sort of dance before he shoots and hits an almost impossible goal!

While Jogo Bonito is not limited to any single player, Ronaldinho’s impact on popularizing this style of play is undeniable. His contributions to the concept of “Beautiful Game” have left an enduring legacy, inspiring subsequent generations of footballers to not only win matches but also to do so with style, creativity, and a deep appreciation for the inherent beauty of football.

And you know the best place to witness not only this style of play, but also the tradition of Brazilian football? Maracanã stadium! This is an enchanting place where Ronaldinho Gaúcho have played before in Brazil, and that we can take you for a match with our RioLIVE! activities! Join us while you learn Portuguese and also learn how to jogar bonito!

Ronaldinho and the Brazilian Team

Our star had a really successful career playing with the Brazilian Team. With 97 appearances and 33 goals, he won some important titles such as Copa America 1999 and the Confederations Cup in 2005, but being part of the team who won the FIFA World Cup in 2002 was the highlight of his career. With players such as Ronaldo and Rivaldo, they led the team through the tournament. One of his most stunning moments was his goal against England where he scored with a long pitch free kick, take a look:

Quick Questions and Answers About Ronaldinho

ronaldinho during the olympic games playing for brazilian team.
Picture by Andre Kiwitz at Wikicommons.

How old is Ronaldinho?

In 2023, Ronaldinho Gaúcho from Brazil is currently 43 years old.

What position did Ronaldinho play?

While he excelled as an attacking midfielder, Ronaldinho could also play as a second striker or on the wings.

When did Ronaldinho retire?

Ronaldinho officially announced his retirement from professional football on January 17, 2018. Even after retiring from active play, he has remained involved in the world of football, participating in various events and initiatives.

How tall is Ronaldinho Gaúcho?

Ronaldinho Gaúcho is approximately 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 meters) tall.

What team is Ronaldinho?

He is known for being an avid fan of Grêmio!

What number is Ronaldinho?

Usually, he would wear number 10 in teams like Grêmio, Barcelona and Flamengo. In PSG, Ronaldinho wore number 21, and in AC Milan he wore number 80. In the official Brazilian team, he would revolve around a few numbers, like 7, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 and 21.

How many Ballon D’Ors does Ronaldinho have?

Ronaldinho Gaúcho won the FIFA Ballon d’Or twice during his illustrious football career. He received the prestigious individual award in the years 2004 and 2005.

Is Ronaldinho better than Messi?

The question of whether Ronaldinho is better than Lionel Messi is subjective and often a matter of personal opinion. Although if you ask a Brazilian, they will for sure tell you Ronaldinho was better 😛

Real Madrid fans ever cheered to him while he played for Barcelona?

YES! While playing El Classico against Real Madrid, he played so well that even Real’s fans were standing and applauding him after scoring two amazing goals. Let’s watch some of his best moments:

Is he a singer?

Although he haven’t actually invested in a musical career, he recorded a song and a video clip with a very famous Brazilian DJ and two other singers.

Test your Knowledge!

  1. In what year did he won the World Cup?
  2. How many times did he win FIFA’s Best World Player award?
  3. What year did he start playing professionally?
  4. In what European team did he reached his prime?
  5. When playing in Atlético MG, what cup did he win?

That’s it, my friends! Now you know more about Ronaldinho, the football player from Brazil! What do you think about Ronaldinho career in Milan and PSG? To learn more about other Brazilian players, check out our website Rio & Learn! And if you want to play some soccer with us, we have a RioLIVE! for that!

See you next time!

 Click on the links below and see more related Dicas
Football in Portuguese
Brazilian Football History
Rio de Janeiro Football Teams



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  3. 1997
  4. FC Barcelona
  5. Taça Libertadores da América

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