This day in history of Ronaldo
MADRID, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Factbox on Real Madrid's Brazilian international striker Ronaldo, who is one of the three nominees for the FIFA World Player of the Year to be named on Monday:
1976 - Sept 22, born on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro
1988 - Aged 12, signs for his first club, Social Ramos
1990 - Signs professional terms for Ramos after being rejected by Rio giants Flamengo
1991 - Moves to second division side Sao Cristovao, scoring 36 goals in 54 games
1993 - Joins first division Cruzeiro and makes his name in Brazil by scoring 58 times in 60 appearances
1994 - Aged 17, makes international debut in a 2-1 win over Argentina in March. Included in Brazil's World Cup squad but does not play as the team win the tournament, beating Italy on penalties in the final. In August, signs for PSV Eindhoven for a club record 10.8 million guilders ($4.70 million)
1994-95 - Finishes season as top scorer in the Dutch first division with 30 goals and helps Brazil to the final of the Copa America
1995-96 - Scores 12 goals in 13 appearances for PSV before succumbing to his first major knee injury. Undergoes operation in February 1996 and returns as a late substitute in PSV's Dutch Cup final victory. Final record for PSV is 55 goals in 56 games
1996 - July, moves to Barcelona for a world-record $19.5-million fee
1996-97 - Makes an instant impact at Nou Camp, scoring several astonishing goals with rampaging runs from the halfway line. Named FIFA World Player of the Year of 1996. Scores Barcelona's winner in a 1-0 victory over Paris St Germain in the Cup Winners' Cup final. Final record for Barcelona is 33 goals in 38 games.
1997 - June 20, signs a five-year contract with Inter Milan after one of the longest transfer disputes in soccer history. Completes move on September 8 when FIFA orders Inter to pay an additional $1.8 million to Barcelona, bringing the total fee to a world-record $27.9 million.
1997 - December 22, named 1997 European Footballer of the Year in an annual poll organised by France Football magazine. Named FIFA's World Player of the Year for the second consecutive year.
1998 - May 6, scores one goal and inspires Inter to a 3-0 win over Lazio in the UEFA Cup final. His final tally in his first season for Inter is 34 goals in 47 matches.
1998 - July 12, suffers a mysterious illness hours before the World Cup final in France. After first being named as a substitute, he is then included in the starting line-up. He plays badly and Brazil lose 3-0 to France.
1998 - October, suffers a series of problems with his knees that drastically reduce his appearances for Inter over the course of the season.
1999 - May, ends the season with six goals in six matches to suggest his problems are behind him. Tally for the season is 15 goals in 26 appearances.
1999 - October 23, scores in the Milan derby but is sent off for the first time in his Serie A career.
1999 - November 21, scores in a 6-0 defeat of Lecce but then trips on a greasy San Siro pitch and limps off. Inter at first deny he will need surgery.
1999 - November 30, undergoes an operation on a ruptured kneecap tendon at a clinic in Paris.
1999 - December 24, marries Brazilian model Milene Domingues in a modest ceremony in Rio.
2000 - April 6, becomes a father when Milene gives birth to a boy named Ronald.
2000 - April 12, makes his comeback as a substitute in the Italian Cup final for Inter after more than four months out. Six minutes later his knee buckles as he launches one of his trademark weaving runs on goal.
2000 - April 13, flies to Paris for examination by same specialist who carried out November surgery. A painstaking recovery takes more than two years but his comeback is then cut short by a series of frustrating muscular injuries.
2002 - At the start of the year, he goes back to Brazil where an eight-strong team of professionals spend one month effectively rebuilding him. This time it works. The muscular injuries disappear and Ronaldo is ready for his third World Cup.
2002 - June, World Cup top scorer with eight goals in Brazil's triumphant campaign including two in the final against Germany. Joins Pele as the third-highest scorer in World Cup history with 12 goals in the finals.
2002 - August, rumours link him with a move to Real Madrid who say they have been approached by the player's agent.
2002 - August 20, announces he wants to leave Inter and would prefer to return to Spain. Inter president Massimo Moratti insists that Ronaldo will play one more season for the Italian club before leaving.
2002 - August 30, As the transfer deadline looms Inter and Real agree a 45-million-euro deal under which the player will sign for Real Madrid.
Spends the next month nursing a series of niggling injuries that postpone his debut for his new club.
2002 - October 6, scores within 60 seconds of making his debut as a substitute during a league game against Alaves. Grabs another goal before the end of the 5-2 win against the Basque side.
2002 - December 3, scores the opening goal in Real's 2-0 victory over South American champions Olimpia in the World Club Cup in Yokohama.
2002 - December 12, named World Soccer magazine's Player of the Year.
2002 - December 16, named European Footballer of the Year for the second time.
2002 - December 17, named FIFA World Player of the Year for the third time.
2003 - Leads Real Madrid to Spanish title
- December: nominated for FIFA World Player of the Year again.