Ronaldinho is a Brazilian footballer considered to be one of the best players of his generation. A player regarded for his technique, tricks, overhead kicks, and dribbling, he was a member of Brazil's 2002 World Cup winning team. Playing in his very first World Cup, in 2002, he scored the game-winning score in a quarter-final victory over England.
Ronaldinho was born as Ronaldo de Assis Moreira on March 21, 1980, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. His father, Joao Moreira was an iron bender in a shipyard and an ex footballer. His mother, Miguilina de Assis, was a cosmetics saleswoman but later became a full time nurse.
When Ronaldinho’s brother Roberto signed his first contract at Gremio, bought a new house so the family moved from a poor neighborhood to the new house. There was a swimming pool in that house in which their father tragically drowned. It was reported that their father had suffered a heart attack.
Ronaldinho has always idolized his father even after his death. His father was one of the most important people for him and his career; unfortunately, he died when Ronaldinho was only 8 years old.
His father’s death was a sad event that happened in January of 1989. It was a dark month when Ronaldinho lost his first coach.
After his father's death, his brother Roberto was Ronaldinho's manager, while his sister Deisi works as his press coordinator.
Roberto saw the future in his little brother and created daily training sessions for him. He started taking Ronaldinho to the field after his training session ended every day.
His elder brother Roberto stepped in to serve as a father to take care of the family with the money he earned from football. Unfortunately, his career was put to an end due to an injury he sustained while playing for his club Garmio.
Ronaldinho was afraid his family would be poor again after the end of his brother’s career, so he was determined to make it quick and apply enough effort in football in order to help the family also.
Ronaldinho started off by being a regular partaker of both futsal and soccer games. God has been so good, he gained attention in less time. Early fans knew him as the smallest and the best kid in football. His friends and fans started calling him by the nickname ‘Ronaldinho’ which means small Ronaldo.
According to Ronaldinho, they were calling him by the nickname because he played with different Ronaldos who were older than him.
He became popular at local youth club matches and acquired the nickname ‘Ronaldinho’ during this time. He first came into the limelight when he scored all 23 goals in 23–0 victory against a local team when he was 13.
In 1997, he was selected for Brazil's Under-17 national team and helped his squad win the FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Egypt.
Today, without doubt, Ronaldinho is considered by many to be the greatest player of his time and one of the best in the history of football.
He has one son with the Brazilian dancer Janaína Mendes. His son is named João after Ronaldinho's late father.
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