Actually, at the time, I thought it was some philosophy, something to that effect. ", Fabio Capello on Ronaldo's weight issues at Madrid. Maradona was controversially voted best player of all time in an internet . It was a team without any vanity, or individuals. Ronaldo, however, has never transferred directly between rival clubs.  His Inter teammate Djorkaeff stated, "when we were training, we would practically stop to watch him.  Ronaldo also appears as the cover athlete on the Icon edition of the game. " The goalscoring idol of Lionel Messi, the Argentine states "Ronaldo was the best striker I've ever seen. I know, I lost my battle. He also won the 1997 Copa Amrica, where he became the player of the tournament and the 1999 Copa Amrica, where he was the top goalscorer. Their partnership was brief but it was inexplicably brilliant. Ronaldo was a beast. He proved that he was a cut above the rest that season. His second goal, a chip over the Santos goalkeeper from 30 yards out, sent the Corinthians fans into hysteria.  He scored 30 league goals in his first season in the Netherlands, which included seven braces and a hat-trick against Utrecht. , At the 2006 World Cup, Ronaldo was part of a much-publicized "magic quartet" alongside Adriano, Ronaldinho and Kak. Player Profile for Ronaldo in the Soccer World Cups. But in spite of scoring 49 goals in European competitions, Ronaldo never got to win the Champions League. So he just had this amazing aura, where everyone wanted to join him.  Scoring eight goals in nine matches, his form led to calls for his return to the Brazil national team nearly 70% of respondents in a poll for the O Globo newspaper voted that he should be reinstated, with the country's president Lula also calling for his immediate return.  In the run-up to the 2014 World Cup, Ronaldo starred as a mentor in Nike's Risk Everything animated commercial with a host of current players in the Nike stable.  Half-way through the season, Barcelona Ronaldo agreed in principle to extend his contract to 2006, doubling his salary in the process.  Ronaldo would also operate outside the penalty area before running with the ball towards goal, with Rob Smyth writing, "he played like every attack had a 10-second deadline.. he would explode into life with no warning for defenders. Matches and goals scored during his career, 1976-1998, by league Diego Armando Maradona, an Argentine soccer star, played over 600 matches in his professional career, scoring 338 goals. It's an astonishing feat for one of the world's greatest strikers.  His debut came on 27 July during the pre-season fixture against Manchester United. From that point on he showed he was truly a phenomenon. In terms of individual goals, he has scored a total of 142 goals, which is the most of any professional footballer. The Portuguese soccer star has now scored 750 goals in his career, which is the most by any player in history. In terms of total goals, he also has 10 hattricks. In 2015, Pele posted a tweet claiming that he had scored 1,283 goals during his illustrious career. The Brazilian scored 414 goals in 616 appearances for club and country throughout his career. The 10 best players of World Cup 2002. Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2002 and won the 200203 La Liga title.  After the first half ended, Ronaldo made a farewell speech to the crowd. , In the second leg of Real Madrid's Champions League quarter-final, Ronaldo scored a hat-trick against Manchester United at Old Trafford, knocking the English team out of the competition.  The next game at Siena, on 17 February, Ronaldo scored twice and assisted on a third goal in his first start for Milan, as they won 43. Messi and Ronaldo have now passed his total, but he doesn't recognize them yet. , With two goals against Japan in the third match, Ronaldo became the 20th player to score in three World Cups and also equalled the all-time World Cup finals scoring record of fourteen, held by Gerd Mller (Ronaldo scored at France 98, Korea/Japan 2002 and Germany 2006).  The nature of the incident set off a trail of questions and allegations which persisted for years, with Alex Bellos writing in The Guardian, When Ronaldo's health scare was revealed after the match, the situation's unique circumstances lent itself to conspiracy theories. Ronaldo is the hardest attacker I've ever had to face. Cristiano, maybe you can guess that he has three or four tricks he would use most of the time, but Ronaldo, it was always something different. , At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ronaldo used the name Ronaldinho again, since centre-back Ronaldo Guiaro, two years his senior, was one of his teammates. " Ronaldo and Klinsmann's shared record of at least three goals in three separate World Cup finals was broken by German striker Miroslav Klose, who has a record of at least four goals in each of three tournaments, having netted five at both the 2002 and 2006 finals, and four at the 2010 tournament. I love [Lionel] Messi, I played many times with Cristiano [Ronaldo] and I adore him, Neymar is outstanding, Ronaldinho was exceptionalbut if you put all of them together, you might get what Ronaldo was that season. ", "I've said before that my big victory was to play football again, to run again and to score goals again.  Ronaldo later reflected: "We lost the World Cup but I won another cup my life.". Hatchtt. Scored 51 goals in 79 games during the 1979-80 season. " Inter had high hopes going into the 19992000 season with their attack including Ronaldo and Italian stars Roberto Baggio and Christian Vieri. Scored 87 goals in 74 games during the 1983-84 season.  Sid Lowe of Sports Illustrated wrote, "When he was one on one with the goalkeeper, you knew that he would score. He did things I'd never seen before.  Steinberg states that Ronaldo "sleepwalked" through the final, which also saw him injured in a collision with French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez.  Although Brazil won their first two group games against Croatia and Australia, Ronaldo was repeatedly jeered for being overweight and slow, but coach Carlos Alberto Parreira kept him in the starting lineup. " Wanting to emulate Ronaldo growing up, Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah opined, "The ability, the speed, the intelligence, he had everything".  Reflecting on the ovation given to him from the oppositions' fans, Ronaldo stated that "it remains a very beautiful, very special moment". , In his final two seasons at Real Madrid, Ronaldo missed a number of games with injuries and weight issues, and with the acquisition of Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2006, he grew further out of favour with the manager Fabio Capello. , Ronaldo has appeared in a series of Nike commercials. Emilio Butragueo stated, "Ronaldo creates a goalscoring opportunity where it doesn't exist. , In September 2018, Ronaldo became the majority owner of La Liga club Real Valladolid after buying a 51% controlling stake in the club for 30 million. During his jaw-dropping career at Barcelona, Messi scored a mind-boggling 672 goals in 778 appearances, breaking numerous records during his spell at Camp Nou.  His Inter teammate Youri Djorkaeff stated; "Ronaldo was phenomenal. At age 17, he was the youngest member of the Brazilian squad that won the 1994 FIFA World Cup. " The outstanding influence for a generation of strikers, from Karim Benzema to Sergio Agero, with Romelu Lukaku stating "he changed the dimension of a striker" and could "dribble like a winger, run like a sprinter", Zlatan added, "nobody influenced football and the players who emerged as much as Ronaldo".. Season Team Competition Matches Goals; 2011: Corinthians: CL: 2: 0: 2010: Corinthians: CL: 7: 3: 2006/2007: Real Madrid: UCL: 4: 2: 2005/2006: Real Madrid: UCL: 2: 0: . His Brazil teammate Romrio having played for PSV from 1988 to 1993 advised Ronaldo to move to the club. Sometimes there'd be 20 to 30 people sitting at meal times with him. Tim Vickery writes, "Without Ronaldo, Brazil were a shambles, fortunate even to get to the tournament. 9 his own.  Ronaldo's physiotherapist Nilton Petrone stated, "his knee-cap actually exploded", and called it "the worst football injury" he's ever seen.  scar Garca, Ronaldo's teammate that season, stated, "Back then, he was all fibre and muscle. See also Cristiano Ronaldo Wants to Leave Manchester United  Ronaldo finished with fifteen goals in nineteen World Cup matches, for an average of 0.79 per game. Despite his injury woes, many people speak so highly of Ronaldo including Jose Mourinho, who believes he is the best player he's ever seen.  Ronaldo spoke about his obsession with lifting the World Cup trophy, having missed out in 1998. p. 138. Ronaldo moved from left to right very fastso it was obvious, by the way that he played, that injuries were always a possibility". " His coach from Social Ramos, Alirio Carvalho, says: "What was special about Ronaldo was his attitude. Most strikers need the midfielders and their teammates, but he does not. His individual accolades include being named FIFA World Player of the Year three times and winning two Ballon d'Or awards. , On 13 December 2011 Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane played a charity match with their friends against former and current players of the German team Hamburg in the ninth edition of the Match Against Poverty series, which Ronaldo and Zidane established in 2003. He is currently the all-time top goalscorer for Brazil with 77 international goals, which he scored in 92 matches. ", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ronaldo_(Brazilian_footballer)&oldid=1132965679, *Club domestic league appearances and goals, Estadio Ramn Tahuichi Aguilera, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Estadio Antonio Aranda, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, Supercopa Libertadores Team of the Year: 199394, Campeonato Mineiro Team of the Year: 1994, FIFA Confederations Cup All-Star Team: 1997, This page was last edited on 11 January 2023, at 15:22. 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Reporting for CNN, Don Riddell wrote, "It's one of the great mysteries of our time: not the Loch Ness Monster, Stonehenge or the Lost City of Atlantis; it's the case of the missing striker not so much a whodunit, more a kind of a what the heck happened? He won the 2002 FIFA World Cup, starring in a front three with Ronaldinho and Rivaldo. He is considered one of the best players in the history of football (soccer). His mother states, "I always found him on the street playing ball with friends when he should have been in school. ", Ronaldo played his first match for Corinthians on 4 March 2009, a Copa do Brasil match against Itumbiara at Estdio Juscelino Kubitschek, in which he came as a substitute for Jorge Henrique. Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi have had longer careers. Scored 71 goals in 80 games during the 1982-83 season. But he also turned the game so that it will always look just a little bit like him.  He went to the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States aged 17, but did not play as Brazil went on to win the tournament. Cristiano Ronaldo has hit the 800-goal mark in his senior career, a feat which he achieved against Arsenal. They were the first to drop from the penalty box to pick up the ball in midfield, switch to the flanks, attract and disorientate the central defenders with their runs, their accelerations, their dribbling. " He joined the Social Ramos futsal team at the age of 12 and led the city's youth league in scoring with a record 166 goals in his first season which included scoring 11 of his team's 12 goals in a single game. " He frequently beat several players when dribbling at speed, and excelled in one on one situations, due to his ball control, acceleration, agility, balance and nimble footwork in his prime.  In 2015, Ronaldo opened eight new branches of his youth football school the Ronaldo Academy in China, the U.S. and Brazil, with 100 expected to be opened worldwide by 2020.  Released in 2000 for the PlayStation and Game Boy Color, the video game Ronaldo V-Football was exclusively endorsed by Ronaldo. Ronaldo, the original Ronaldo, inspired a phalanx of imitators, players we see on our screens every weekend. , Having signed for Real Madrid for 46million, his jersey sales broke all records on the first day.  Grard Saillant, the French surgeon who operated on Ronaldo's knee, was in the crowd as his guest, and stated after the game; "This gives hope to everyone who is injured, even those who aren't sportsmen, to see that by fighting you can make it. And usually, he was right".  During his time with Inter, he scored several goals against city rivals A.C. Milan in the Derby della Madonnina. ", Ronaldo entered the 1998 FIFA World Cup billed as the world's greatest player by reporters in the sport. Corinthians made an offer that will let me continue my career.  In 2017, Ronaldo's son, Ronald, was selected for the junior football team representing Brazil in the 2017 Maccabiah Games. According to many official reports, Pele scored 643 goals with Santos FC and FIFA has a total count of 767 during his career (club and international level). " Asked to name the best player of his lifetime, Jos Mourinho said, "Ronaldo, El Fenomeno. During the playing of the Brazil national anthem the camera focused on him throughout, with Ronaldo showing little emotion.  Manchester United defender Wes Brown commented, "He was just unstoppable. Cristiano Ronaldo had just 27 goals to his name when he was 21 years old. How many goals did R9? Pele's position as one of the greatest footballers of all time has never been contested but the same cannot be said for the number of goals he scored in his star-studded career.  Ronaldo admitted his body had finally succumbed to the crippling litany of injuries that had blighted his career: "It's very hard to leave something that made me so happy.  Nicknamed Il (or O) Fenomeno (the phenomenon), he was a prolific goalscorer, and despite being more of an individualistic attacker, he was also capable of providing assists for his teammates, due to his vision, passing and crossing ability. He scored twice in the final and received the Golden Boot as the tournament's top goalscorer. Mentally I wanted to continue but I have to acknowledge that I lost to my body. In 1996, Nike signed Ronaldo to a 10-year contract and to a lifetime endorsement deal worth over $180 million. During his long career in football, Ronaldo has played for five different teams and scored 750 goals.  The announcement received much publicity in the Brazilian press about his choice of Corinthians over Flamengo, since Ronaldo publicly declared himself a Flamengo fan. The Brazilian soccer legend has updated his Instagram bio to say that he's now the all-time leading goal scorer. Then he scored 105 goals in 186 matches for Barcelona from 2013-2017 season.  Ronaldo's engagement to Maria Beatriz Antony was immediately halted, but resumed shortly after. A young Ronaldo [before a series of injuries] would have been even more dangerous, but it shows how good a player he was. Ronaldo scored four goals and made three assists en route to the final, scoring once and assisting Bebeto's goal in a 3-0 win against Morocco in the team's second group stage match, netting twice in a 4-1 win against Chile in the round of 16, set-up two goals in Brazil's 3-2 victory over Denmark in the quarter-finals, and scored once in . " At the end of 1996, aged 20, Ronaldo became the youngest player to win FIFA World Player of the Year. 88 of his 414 goalsinvolved rounding the goalkeeper and tapping into an empty net, which is a staggering 21%.  Ronaldo was awarded the Bronze Shoe as the third-highest goal-scorer of the World Cup. In 2015, Pele posted a tweet claiming that he had scored 1,283 goals during his illustrious career. ", A conspiracy surrounded Nike, the sportswear company who sponsored Ronaldo and the Brazilian national team, with some in Brazil believing the company had forced Ronaldo to play.  The Maccabiah is described as "the Jewish Olympics"; Ronald is not Jewish, but some participating countries have more relaxed rules about eligibility and Ronald is a member of a Jewish football club.