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This day in history of Ronaldo

2003

Real Madrid e Bayern de Munique farão duelo de gigantes

Ronaldo prova ser decisivo em mais um ano de conquistas

El United pide al Madrid que se aleje de Van Nistelrooy

Ocho madridistas, candidatos al Equipo de 2003

Bayern y Real Madrid reviven el enésimo clásico con ánimo de revancha

Pelé frustró un sueño al rechazar la invitación de Ronaldo

Ronaldo, mucho más que una figura de márketing

"Сан Паулу" желает вернуть Ривалдо на родину

Василий Уткин: "Был бы игрок, а место найдется"

«Бавария» рада встрече с «Реалом»

Реал – Бавария: история и настоящее

Real worried over knock-out clash with Bayern

Ronaldo factbox

Ronaldo proves he is more than just a cameo performer

2004

New video: Ronaldo goal to "Real Sociedad"

ogo do Real será reiniciado em 5 de janeiro

Ronaldo e Zidane querem dar exemplo com casa cheia

Amenaza de bomba: EJEMPLO DE CIVISMO Y DE CALMA EN EL DESALOJO

LOS JUGADORES ESTUVIERON UNA HORA EN LA CALLE DE CORTO

EL PARTIDO CONTRA LA POBREZA ESTÁ EN EL AIRE

RONALDO Y ZIDANE QUIEREN DAR "EJEMPLO AL MUNDO" CON UN BERNABÉU LLENO

MAŃANA JUGAMOS

Угроза теракта

"Сосьедад" вернулся домой и отказался играть в понедельник

МАТЧ РОНАЛДО И ЗИДАНА "ПРОТИВ БЕДНОСТИ" НАХОДИТСЯ ПОД ВОПРОСОМ

1/8 финала Кубка Испании: "Реал Мадрид" - "Вальядолид"

Роналдо и Зидан хотят давать пример всему миру: собрать полный стадион "Бернабеу"

Real abandoned after bomb threat, Espanyol win

2005

Rússia é o último obstáculo do Brasil antes da Copa

Zidane no se ha entrenado y Woodgate intensifica el trabajo

López Caro exige “máxima intensidad” durante casi dos horas de trabajo muy físico

Ronaldo quiere convertirse en el máximo goleador del Mundial

Обзор утренней тренировки

2006

Teixeira oficializa candidatura e confia em vitória

Milan pede R$ 171 milhões ao Real Madrid por Kaká

RONALDO FORZARÁ PARA ESTAR CONTRA EL ESPANYOL

HELGUERA AVANZA EN SU RECUPERACIÓN MIENTRAS RONALDO ARRASTRA UN GOLPE EN EL SÓLEO

Бразилия подала заявку на проведение ЧМ-2014

"Реал" готов заплатить астрономическую сумму за Кака

Эльгера, наконец, вышел на поле, но с "Эспаньолом" он вряд ли сыграет

2007

"Urawa Red Diamonds" 0:1 "Milan"

Milan vence Urawa Red Diamonds e pegará Boca na final do Mundial de Clubes

No palco do penta, Kaká brilha entre brasileiros

Ancelotti se diz satisfeito com rendimento do Milan

1-0. El Milán despacha al Urawa fácilmente y se las verá con Boca en la final

Ancelotti,col Boca non e' rivincita

Kakà: "Siamo pronti per il Boca"

Galliani, Ronaldo Resta Al Milan

Ronaldo, Riprendere Al Piu' Presto Per Ripagare Affetto Milan

Ronaldo: 'Sono dispiaciutissimo', ma Galliani lo consola 'Gode della nostra stima'

Вагнер Лав и Карвальо сыграют за "друзей Роналдиньо"

Финал клубного ЧМ по футболу оказался предсказуемым

Роналдо не покинет «Милан»

AC Milan beat Urawa 1-0 to reach Club World Cup final

2008

Fotos: Ronaldo hoy. Фотогалерея: Роналдо сегодня

Ronaldo pode ganhar até R$ 10 mi com venda de produtos

Com champanhe, Ronaldo vive dia de "príncipe Charles"

Cansado de folgas, Ronaldo inicia trabalhos em SP

Ronaldo teria pedido cláusula para sair em julho

Ronaldo: 'Quero cair nas graças da torcida com os meus gols'

'Mudo', Ronaldo inaugura loja de patrocinador em São Paulo

Ronaldo inaugura loja de patrocinador em SP

Corinthians ata a Ronaldo con una cláusula de 100 millones

«Коринтианс» планирует провести товарищеский матч в честь возвращения Роналдо в Бразилию

Роналдо: «Фламенго» навсегда останется в моем сердце, но рад буду забить гол этой команде»

2009

Kaká e Ronaldo Fenômeno assistem vitória do Real

Lesionado, Kaká assiste ao jogo do Real ao lado de Ronaldo

Травмирован, Kaká посетил матч Реала вместе с Роналдо

2010

Video - 100 goles de Ronaldo en el Real Madrid | 100 голов реального Роналдо в Реале

Por compromissos pessoais, Ronaldo ganha um dia a mais de férias

На стадионе "Олимпиакоса" состоится ежегодный Матч против бедности

2011

Ronaldo, Zidane e Drogba se unem para jogar amistoso contra a pobreza

Зидан: «Матч против бедности» – это больше, чем просто игра

Звезды просят поддержки

Беккер будет тренером Зидана, Дрогба и Роналдо

Роналдо: "Отдам все силы в благотворительном матче в Гамбурге"

2012

Давайте вспомним один из величайших матчей Лиги Чемпионов

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22/07/2005
Ronaldo finds himself with an odd label: underrated

Ronaldo Luiz Nazario de Lima has been in the international-soccer spotlight for more than a decade and during that time he has been called many things: phenom, prodigy, the next Pele'. But "underrated" never has been one of them.

Heading into next year's World Cup, however, that's the only word that comes to mind when I think of Ronaldo.

While Brazilian soccer fans have hyped sensations such as Ronaldinho, Adriano and Robinho (whom Real Madrid signed for $30 million to push you-know-who for his job), Ronaldo has sat by idly, unfazed by his fading star, unmoved by the attention that has gone to players whom he believes he is still better than. He knows that, in time, they all will be judged by the same barometer that all Brazilian players are judged by in their careers: World Cup trophies, the same golden statuettes that seem to serve as the chapter points in Ronaldo's career.

"We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation."
-- Paulo Coelho, Brazilian novelist

No one can say truthfully they know what Ronaldo has gone through in his life, because no one has experienced a career full of as many ups and downs that have been chronicled on such a global stage as he has.

He grew up in poverty, playing soccer in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, signed a multimillion-dollar professional contract and won a World Cup at the age of 17; was blamed globally for single-handedly losing the World Cup in 1998 when he played poorly after suffering from a mysterious illness the night before the final; nearly retired from the sport after several knee operations that sidelined him for over two years; and finally redeemed himself by leading Brazil to World Cup glory, winning the Golden Boot award and scoring the final's only two goals.

As I sat beside him in the back of a black Escalade parked outside of a youth center in Los Angeles, listening to him talk about a career that has spanned three World Cups (and counting) and four major European clubs (and counting) it was hard to believe Ronaldo is only 28 years old.

While he gazed out at the hundreds of children chanting his name, he finally smiled, revealing the famous gap in his front teeth that has become as synonymous with Brazil as the samba. Despite being hampered by a strained hamstring that will keep him out of an exhibition game with the Los Angeles Galaxy later in the day, the Real Madrid striker is loving life.

He has come to terms with the perception that his country no longer needs him to win its sixth World Cup after it won the Confederations Cup without him last month. He knows that's not really the case and plans on holding another gold trophy in his No. 9 yellow jersey before retiring from international play 2006.

"It'll be my fourth World Cup and I have to let younger players take their chance," he says.

He is OK with the notion that his best years are behind him and that his three-year stint at the Bernabeu has been a disappointment because he's led Real Madrid to only one league title and no Champions League crowns since coming over in 2002 for $35 million.

"I understand that soccer is all about how well you played in your last game, and I am confident that I'll find success here before I retire here."

He is even at peace with the fact that his personal life -- his marriage to model Daniela Cicarelli lasted about three months before ending in divorce this year -- often gets more press than his professional accomplishments. "That's just part of being a recognized soccer player."

He is fine with all that because he doesn't care how people perceive him or care to meet the standards placed upon him by others who don't know him. He is content with where he is in his life, personally and professionally, although there is one frontier that many feel still awaits him: one final tip of the cap to Pelй, the man to whom Ronaldo has been linked since childhood, and the player he will likely pass on the World Cup-goals-scored list next year.

While Ronaldo says he plans to play out the final four years of his contract with Real Madrid and retire with the Spanish giants, he's never ruled out the possibility of pulling a Pelй and finishing his career in the States.

It's a decision that makes sense for Ronaldo, who has vacationed in the States the past few summers, enjoying the sun-kissed beaches of Miami and Los Angeles while improving his English. While David Beckham may think he will have a strangle hold on the U.S. soccer scene when he retires from European club play, Ronaldo could have an even larger impact here than Becks.

Not only is Ronaldo arguably the greatest striker of our generation and one of the biggest heroes in the Latino community, he is the only player who can match Beckham's pop-culture cache in the U.S. Need more proof than the bevy of models Ronaldo has been linked to, the lucrative endorsement deals he has signed and the infamous hair styles he's made popular? Look no further than one of the most popular women's athletes.

During the Real Madrid-Galaxy game at the Home Depot Center in Southern California, tennis superstar Maria Sharapova stood and watched the game from a suite above the home goal and fiddled with her cell phone as she eagerly awaited the game's conclusion so she could meet her favorite player.

"I'm here to see Ronaldo," she said, dressed in a tight vintage top and acid-washed jeans. "I've always been a big fan of his no matter what club he's on and I really wanted to meet him."

Although the possibility of seeing Ronaldo play out his career in Los Angeles or New York might seem remote, the possibility of attracting millions of new fans in the States and millions of dollars in new endorsements may be too much to pass up in the twilight of his career.

If Ronaldo ends up winning another World Cup next year and captures a Champions League medal before his Real contract expires, there would be no better way to finish his career than a final victory stint in the U.S. At the very least, if he plays in the MLS, even at the end of his career, the last thing he'll be known as is "underrated."

 

23.07.2005 07:36 +0400
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Роналдо - 41 лет. Гражданство: Бразилия. - Двукратный чемпион мира - 1994, 2002; - Двукратный чемпион Испании - 2003, 2006.
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