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Ronaldinho's Biography

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Ronaldinho de Assis Moreira was born on 21st March, 1980 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

He helped Brazil win the World under-17 Championship in Egypt. During the competition he was scouted by local club Gremio and signed his first professional contract.

In 1999, after hitting 15 goals in 14 games for Gremio, Ronaldinho won his first senior cap for Brazil against Latvia. After shining in that match he made Brazil's Copa America squad and scored an incredible goal against Venezuela as Brazil won the trophy.

Ronaldinho scored his first hat-trick for Brazil against Saudi Arabia in the Confederations Cup semi-finals later that year.

In 2001 he left Gremio for Paris St. Germain (PSG) but was unable to make his debut because of contract rows, until 3 months later when FIFA stepped in.

In 2002 Ronaldinho was voted France's player of the month for January after hitting 6 goals in 7 games for PSG.

In June of that year he scored the famous free-kick against David Seaman in Brazil's World Cup Quarter Finals match against England (but was it a cross?), however later in that match he got a red card. After being suspended in the semis Ronaldinho won the World Cup with Brazil, playing in the final against Germany.

In the 2003 summer transfer market he rejected Manchester United to join Spanish side Barcelona for £21m.

After playing well for Barca Ronaldinho was named as one of the 11 greatest living footballers, announced by FIFA and chosen by Brazil legend Pele.

Then, Ronaldinho scored 15 league goals to inspire an improved Barcelona to 2nd place in La Liga. Soon after he suffered the first major injury of his career and missed Brazil's Copa America campaign.

Ronaldinho pleased Barcelona fans by turning down Chelsea and agreeing a new contract. In December he was named best player in the world for 2004 by FIFA beating Shevchenko and Henry to first place.

Six months later Ronaldinho helped Barcelona to win La Liga 2005 easily outdoing rivals Real Madrid.

In September 2005 Ronaldinho added to his bulging trophy cabinet when he won the FIFPro's World Player of the Year in a poll of 38,000 professional football players in 40 countries. Wayne Rooney won the young player award.

In November 2005 Ronaldinho was named 2005 European Footballer of the Year - the award known as the Ballon D'Or is voted for by European football journalists selected by French magazine France Football.

The 2005/2006 season ended in excellent fashion for Barca and Ronaldinho after they won both La Liga and the Champions League.

Ronaldinho played in the Brazilian World Cup 2006 squad, however Brazil did not shine and went out in the quarter-finals.

In July 2008, AC Milan and Barcelona reached an agreement over the transfer of Ronaldinho.

On 11 May 2010, Ronaldinho was left out of Brazil's World Cup squad of 23.

In January 2011, it was announced that Ronaldinho was leaving AC Milan and was joining Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In 2015, he retired as a professional footballer.

In March 2020, Ronaldinho was held by police in Paraguay for allegedly using a fake passport to enter the country.

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