Happy Birthday: Legendary footballer Ronaldinho turns 36 today
Brasilia: The star footballer of the Brazil International Football team Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, popularly known as Ronaldinho, has turned 36 on Monday.
On this very special occasion, newztrack.com wishes the aggressive footballer a very happy birthday and brings its readers some exceedingly interesting facts about him:
- Ronaldinho was born in Porto Alegre, the state capital of Rio Grand do Sul in Brazil in 1980.
- His father, Joao de Assis Moreira, was occupationally a shipyard worker and footballer for local club Esporte Clube Cruzeiro.
- The living legend fell in love with football at the age of eight.
- He was first given the nickname Ronaldinho being often the youngest player in youth club matches.
- ‘Ronaldinho’, sobriquet for Ronaldo, was previously given the byname ‘Gaucho’, by his team, in order to distinguish him from fellow footballer and countryman Ronaldo, who was known as "Ronaldinho" in Brazil beforehand.
- Ronaldo went by his first name to play in Europe, thereby allowing Ronaldinho to drop the ‘Gaucho’ and go by the name ‘Ronaldinho’ abroad.
- He was identified as a rising star at the 1997 Under 17 World Championship in Egypt.
- His main playing position is as an attacking midfielder or forward.
- The star footballer signed a five-year contract with French side Paris Saint-Germain in Euro five million.
- Ronaldinho is regarded as one of the most skilful and greatest players of his generation.
- He has had endorsements with many international brands, including Pepsi, Coca-Cola, EA Sports, Gatorade, Nike, etc.
- He has received numerous awards for his brilliant performances in International matches.
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