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7 little known facts about Brazil legend Ronaldinho

Rick Koenig
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Ronaldinho has scored more than 200 goals in his career for club and country. 
Ronaldinho has scored more than 200 goals in his career for club and country. 

One of the most recognisable names in football history, Ronaldinho burst onto the international scene as a teenager at the 1997 FIFA Under-17 World Cup where he became famous for his Brazillian flair and trickery.

Leading his country to World Cup glory in 2002, Ronaldinho was twice voted World Player of the Year and has enjoyed a stellar career playing for the likes of Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan.

Returning to Brazil in 2011, Ronaldinho played for Flamengo and Atlético Mineiro before he enjoyed a short spell at Querétaro in Mexico. Again returning to play for Fluminense, Ronaldinho became a free agent after a series of poor performances and has since been the centre of constant speculation about where his next club may be.

Here are 7 facts you may not have known about the Brazil legend.


#1 He once scored every goal in a 23-0 win

A young Ronaldinho once scored every goal in a 23-0 win over a local Brazilian side.
A young Ronaldinho once scored every goal in a 23-0 win over a local Brazilian side.

Ronaldinho's talent wasn’t exactly hard to spot. At the tender age of 13 he knocked 23 goals past a side in his local youth league which resulted in his first brush with the media.

The Brazilian was later selected for the Gremio youth squad before he starred for Brazil in the Under-17 World Cup. While he never achieved the same feats in his professional career, he can certainly be proud of his efforts as he went on to score multiple hat-tricks for both club and country. 

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