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Ronaldinho

BornMarch 21, 1980

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, commonly known as Ronaldinho, orRonaldinho Gaucho, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Brazilian club Atlético Mineiro and for the Brazilian national team. His profile is that of an attacking midfielder as well as a forward. Ronaldinho's football skills began to blossom at the of age 8, and he was first given the nickname Ronaldinho because he was often the youngest and the smallest player in youth club matches. Ronaldinho was identified as a rising star at the 1997 U-17 World Championship in Egypt, in which he scored two goals on penalty kicks. Ronaldinho's career began with the Grêmio youth squad. He made his senior side debut during the 1998 Copa Libertadores. In 2001, Ronaldinho signed a five-year contract with French side Paris Saint-Germain in a €5 million transfer. He joined F.C. Barcelona for reported EUR30 million. He made his team debut in a friendly against Milan at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C., scoring one goal in a 2–0 victory. Ronaldinho won his first league title in 2004–05, and was named FIFA World Player of the Year on 20 December 2004. In 2005, Ronaldinho received his second consecutive honour of FIFA World Player of the Year   In July 2008, Ronaldinho joined Italian Serie A giants Milan on a three-year contract thought to be worth around £5.1 million (EUR6.5 million) a year. naldinho scored his first goal for Milan in a 1–0 derby victory over rival Internazionale on 28 September 2008. Ronaldinho joined Flamengo on 11 January 2011 with a contract ending in 2014. He scored his first goal for Flamengo in the 3–2 victory against Boavista on 6 February 2011. Ronaldinho made a surprise move to Atlético Mineiro on 4 June 2012 in a six-month contract, just four days after leaving Flamengo. With the Spanish club, he won his first Champions League in 2006 and the Ballon d'Or in 2005. He was also named in the FIFA 100 due to his highly impressive statitsics. Ronaldinho is one of few Brazilian players to have played at every international age level.  
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