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This day in history of Ronaldo

2003

Ronaldinho vai defender o Barcelona por cinco anos

Ronaldinho Gaúcho passa sem problemas pelo exame médico

Brasil vence Colômbia e se classifica

RONALDINHO YA ES EL CRACK MEDIÁTICO

Ronaldinho, fichado

EL RECONOCIMIENTO MÉDICO

RONALDINHO: UN TALENTO DESDE LA CUNA

RONALDO ASISTIRÁ A LA PRESENTACIÓN DE CACÁ

Ronaldo abandona Guatemala tras realizar una campaña promocional y desatar la fiebre entre los aficionados

Роналдинью подписал контракт с «Барселоной»

Роналдо собирается присутствовать на презентации своего друга Кака'

Роналдо покидал Гватемалу, после того как участвовал в рекламной компании и порадовал болельщиков

2004

Copa America: Argentina 3-0 Colombia

Argentina bate Colômbia e decide Copa América

Descontraída, seleçăo treina pęnaltis antes de pegar o Uruguai

ALEMANY ADMITE QUE LA OFERTA DEL MADRID POR ETO'O ES "SUPERIOR"

ARGENTINA BUSCA LA FINAL SIN AYALA Y LAS DUDAS DE DALESANDRO Y SAVIOLA

PORTILLO: "ES UN ALIVIO EL CAMBIO DE ENTRENADOR"

Tevez se 'venga' de Henao y lleva a Argentina a la final

MONTERO, ÚNICA DUDA URUGUAYA PARA FRENAR A BRASIL

RONIE Y EL MORO SE PICAN

Tarde de sueños e ilusiones en Montecastillo

Camacho enseñó su esquema ante el Xerez Juvenil

Кубок Америки. Будет новый чемпион

«Реал Мадрид» благополучно завершил свое первое испытание, дважды разгромив футболистов «Херес Хувентил»

Real Madrid + Xerez Juvenil

Real involved in bidding war for 'their' striker Eto'o

Copa-Tevez strikes again as Argentina oust Colombia

Copa-Parreira says Copa matches as good as Euro 2004

2005

Photos: Ronaldo at China (1 hour, 52 minutes ago)

Photos: Ronaldo relax

Real Madrid chega a Pequim para continuar excursão

Cruzado el Pacífico, Beijing, de madrugada, se convirtió en nueva casa del Real Madrid

Relax para los jugadores en el espectacular Grand Epoch City

Пекин - новый временный дом "Реала"

Роналдо уже в Китае

Ronaldo, Figo for India Grand Prix

Ronaldo & Figo to kickstart, not kick - Star promoters of A1 Grand Prix to visit India to push new motor sport

2006

Capello afirma que Ronaldo é peça fundamental ao Real Madrid

Real Madrid-Villarreal, primer partido de la Liga 06-07. El 22 de octubre, R.Madrid-Barcelona

EL CLÁSICO ENTRE EL REAL MADRID Y EL BARCELONA, EL 22 DE OCTUBRE

RONALDO: "ME QUEDARÉ EN EL REAL MADRID"

Немного статистики

Лучший бомбардир в истории FIFA Роналдо и звезды клуба "Реал Мадрид" переодевают форму!

Капелло верит в бразильских ветеранов

Real Madrid-Villarreal is the first match of the 06/07 League. Madrid hosts Barça on 22 October

2007

Para Sócrates, Seleção "parecia um circo" na Copa

DIA 29 DE JULHO, EM LECCO, O PRIMEIRO AMISTOSO

Ronaldo curte lua-de-mel com Bia Antony em Fernando de Noronha

PRIMER AMISTOSO EL 29 DE JULIO EN LECCO

ALLA SCOPERTA DI LOKOMOTIV E REAL MADRID

Роналдиньо: "Я соскучился по игре!"

Милан сыграет свой первый товарищеский 29 июля в LECCO

Суринам увидел Кубок чемпионов

Павлюченко: "Я играю в Роналдо манере"

ON 29 JULY AT LECCO THE FIRST FRIENDLY

2009

Video: Роналдо. Интервью после матча | Ronaldo brinca com pênalti perdido contra o Cruzeiro, seu ex-clube

На чемпионате мира по футболу запретят молиться

Чемпионат Бразилии. 12-й тур. Главное

Обновленная биография Роналдо на 2009 год

2010

Fotos: Ronaldo e Ronald em evento de Deco | Фото: Роналдо и Рональд на мероприятии Деко

Video: Ronaldo - O Incrível Fenômeno part.2 - Невероятный Роналдо. Часть 2

Video: Messi, Ronaldo e Deco fazem amistoso festivo em Indaiatuba | Роналдо, Месси и Деко в благотворительном матче

Video: Entenda os motivos que fazem Ronaldo desfalcar o Corinthians | О причинах, по которым Роналдо все еще не играет

"Quero ser Ronaldo"

Messi e Ronaldo param cidade do interior

Cada gol de Ronaldo em 2010 'custa' R$ 550 mil aos cofres do Corinthians

Incompatibilidade de datas cancela amistoso do Corinthians com o Real Madrid

Ronaldo aparece em evento de Deco, tieta Messi e admite que ainda sente lesão

Ronaldo's son is Lionel Messi's No 1 fan as Brazil legend turns from Phenomenon to photographer at Deco benefit match

2014

Роналдо: «В лице Крооса «Реал» приобрел лучшего игрока ЧМ-2014»

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15/11/2006
Ronaldo may be coming to MLS sooner than you think

 
The drums are still pounding here as Brazil won the Beach Soccer World Cup, and there are plenty of things to talk about. The 330-pound guy behind me banging a drum. Bikini-clad women on Copacabana beach. Carnaval. Even Barry Manilow, who just performed here.

But I was among a bunch of journalists who were chatting with French legend Eric Cantona, who coached France to the beach title last year, the first time FIFA oversaw this tournament. The topic of conversation? Ronaldo.

"Oh, le petit Ronaldo," Cantona said. "One day Rio, the next Holland. A star in Catalonia, an idol in Italy and a god in Spain. And he is ready to discover l'Amerique!"

I have to take Cantona at his word. The man knows too much; he lights up when he's talking about Ronaldo. And the final chapter for one of Brazil's most famous players of all-time is set to be written. New York awaits him.

The next step, after being called a "non-athlete" by his coach and having almost certainly lost his place on the Brazilian national team, seems to be America. "The one and only place I feel normal, common, me," he said to me after the 2002 World Cup in one of the many private talks I've had with him. "Where I can walk and be myself, doing what I want."

Knowing Ronaldo as a man, not as a player, there is no doubt in my mind that America is the place he dreams about, ever since he first visited. It's New York he loves most, the first U.S. city where he felt a connection. And it's the city where doors are opening for him to come to Major League Soccer.

No, at 30, he's not the same player he once was. People have already written him off, saying he can no longer play at the top level. Do not fool yourself. Ronaldo is not finished yet. And MLS is definitely not an "elephant cemetery," where old, tired players go to end their footballing days.

Ronaldo has bounced back before, and has what it takes to do it again. Days after Brazil failed at the World Cup last summer, where he became the all-time leading scorer in the world's biggest sporting event, Ronaldo was back in New York. As the United Nations and a Brazilian bank planned a Ronaldo-endorsed credit card, he found solace in the back streets of Greenwich Village. No angry, screaming Brazilians. Only peace.

New York is where Ronaldo can escape his own personal nightmare. And the gears are turning. Talks with the New York Red Bulls have taken place and continue after an earlier deal reportedly collapsed. Many believe a preliminary agreement has already been reached. Another person close to Ronaldo has said that Red Bulls management has already agreed to acquire him and has allocated the budget needed to attract him. It's just a question of timing.

Now that the so-called "Beckham Rule" has been enacted by MLS owners, where one player on each team won't count against the salary cap, the final stumbling block is out of the way.

And as if that weren't enough, recently retired Red Bull Youri Djorkaeff said in Germany (and repeated it elsewhere) that Ronaldo has "promised him to come to the Bulls soon." People close to Ronaldo say "the U.S. would open a new frontier for him." He'd be closer to Nike, for whom he's been an endorser for years. And he'd have no trouble finding more endorsements in the United States.

More importantly, Ronaldo wants to follow in the footsteps of Pelé. But doesn't want to do it the way the King did, moving to the U.S. when his career was finished. He wants to go to America while he's still got plenty left in the tank.

He's already halfway there, making business contacts all over the Big Apple. He's part of a new business collective that has invested $150 million in soccer, much of it in America. He's even scheduled to appear in an episode of The Simpsons next May, in which he'll teach Bart some tricks with the ball. His family would be happy, too: His girlfriend, Brazilian supermodel Raíca de Oliveira, and his sister, Ione, often shop and enjoy Manhattan as well.

On the other side of the fence, Ronaldo is on the mind of Red Bull CEO Dietrich Mateschitz, who dreams of making the striker part of his plan to be a superpower in soccer, as Red Bull already is in Formula 1 racing. The Austrian company says Ronaldo is "just the beginning," and is planning a $100 million marketing campaign that might even involve Franz Beckenbauer in a management role and possibly a return to New York for Pelé in a role to be determined, Ronaldo's assistants say.

Now to some immediate realities. Ronaldo has a new knee injury, and won't play again until next year. He won't leave Real Madrid until at least the end of the Spanish season, which wraps up next June. And he'll do all he can to re-conquer his place with the team.

Then the future becomes unwritten. He has also long dreamed of playing in England, but no top club will take a chance on him and he won't waste time with smaller teams. After that, there is a new factor: Flamengo. The most popular team in Brazil wants Ronaldo back in Rio de Janeiro, and he has said he'd love to play in his hometown again.

But millions of dollars are needed for that dream. Flamengo has contacted MSI -- the investment collective that took control of Corinthians and is trying to buy England's West Ham (and is under investigation for money-laundering) -- to try to raise money.

That makes the MLS picture a little clearer. As one of his family members said recently on Brazilian TV, "Nothing like a couple of years with some time out hanging around in New York."

Consider yourself warned, America. Ronaldo may take Manhattan, and it's closer to happening than you think.
 


16.11.2006 07:25 +0300
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Роналдо - 41 лет. Гражданство: Бразилия. - Двукратный чемпион мира - 1994, 2002; - Двукратный чемпион Испании - 2003, 2006.
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