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This day in history of Ronaldo

2003

Makelele vuelve hoy a entrenarse con el Real Madrid

Макелеле собирается тренироваться с "Реалом"

Макманаман уверен, что он нужен "Реалу"

2004

Com nova goleada, Brasil vai às semifinais do futebol feminino

Valencia sai na frente na briga pelo título da Supercopa

Atenas'04/Fútbol.- Estados Unidos-Alemania y Suecia-Brasil, semifinales del torneo femenino

WENGER SE ENFADA CON BRASIL POR SU BOLO EN HAITÍ

MALLORCA-REAL MADRID: EL DOMINGO 29 A LAS 19:30

WOODGATE: "EL MADRID ES LA CULMINACIÓN DE LA CARRERA DE CUALQUIER FUTBOLISTA"

Camacho ensayó presión, achique y rapidez en circulación

Supercopa de España: Zaragoza 0-Valencia 1

Вудгейт будет играть в "Мадриде" под 18-м номером

Бразильянки не оставили шансов Мексике

Состоялась презентация Джонатана Вудгейта

Камачо делает ставку на давление, отбор мяча и ротации на поле

Бразилия навсегда отказалась от Кака, Кафу и Диды?

Woodgate completes England trio at Real Madrid

Real Zaragoza 0 Valencia 1 - Spanish Super Cup result

2005

Brasileiros são apontados como destaques do Campeonato Espanhol

HUEVOS, HARINA Y FIESTA PARA DESPEDIR A ROBINHO

Roberto Carlos: "RONALDO PERDIÓ LA ILUSIÓN POR JUGAR EL AÑO PASADO"

Real Madrid's Ronaldo "lost motivation" last term

2006

OFENSIVA DEL MILÁN POR RONIE TRAS LA CHAMPIONS

2007

Emerson deixa Real Madrid e acerta com Milan

Sósia de Ronaldo critica ausência do ídolo

EMERSON FUE TRASPASADO AYER AL MILÁN

RONALDINHO Y KAKÁ SERÁN SUPLENTES ANTE ARGELIA

Emerson al Milan, e' fatta: il Real lo cede per 5 milioni

Дунга критикует бразильскую молодёжь

Эмерсон перешел в "Милан"

Роналдо может выйти на поле лишь в середине сентября

Milan complete Emerson swoop

2008

U.S. women beat Brazil 1-0 for soccer gold medal

Олимпиада. Американки выиграли у бразильянок золото футбольного турнира Олимпиады

2009

Ronaldo defenderá certidão de nascimento

Mano vê 'efeito Bolt' em retorno de Ronaldo na reta final do Brasileiro

"Ronaldo é um pai maravilhoso, está numa alegria só", diz Bia Antony

Buffon coloca Ronaldo no patamar de Pelé e Maradona

Adriano: "Los argentinos me tienen mucho miedo"

Дунга вернул Адриано в сборную Бразилии

Адриано: "Очень рад вернуться в сборную"

"Роналдо - чудесный папа и он счастлив в этой роле", говорит Биа Антони

Буффон: "Роналдо может быть лучше, чем Пеле и Марадона"

Ronaldo will be father for third time in 2010

'Real Ronaldo' Is Better Than Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Juventus Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon

2014

Forever Eleven. Символическая сборная - Бразилия

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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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