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Ronaldinho Bio by Denise I Smithson

Brazils' Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, who came into the world on March 21st, 1980 in Porto Alegre, has become simply one of the best soccer players in the world and perhaps ever in his less-than-30-years in the world. At 5'11" and 177-lbs, "Ronaldinho" started thrilling spectators all the way back in 1999 as he dazzled players and spectators with his mastery of playing forward. Before that, he was following in the cleat-steps of his father Joao by playing in amateur league beach and indoor soccer, or "futball".

Ronaldinho's mother Miguelina had to raise her son afer Joao died when Ronaldinho was only eight years old; she was helped by his brother and sisters. Ronaldinho earned his first cap It was with Gremio's senior team coached by Celso Roth that Ronaldinho won his first cap in 1999. Then in 2001, Arsenal FC got Ronaldinho in their sights, but he couldn't obtain a work permit and so no deal was struck. But Paris Saint-Germain FC got him signed to a five-year contract. But, an unhappy Ronaldinho returned to Barcelona in 2004 after playing for Paris under allegations that he put more time into the nightlife than he did into soccer practice.

Major success came to Ronaldinho at the Copa America held in Paraguay where he mesmerized audiences playing alongside teammates Ronald and Rivaldo scoring Brazil's fifth goal in a 7-0 wipeout of Venezuela. Now known as the "wonder goal," in 2002 during the FIFA World Cup in Japan, Ronaldinho scored the game-winning goal through an amazing 30-yard free kick that surprised the English's unaware goalkeeper, David Seaman. His team would win this quarterfinal and go on to win the World Cup where Ronaldinho achieved soccer greatness by being named to the all-tournament team.

Ronaldinho has won a great array of soccer's greatest prizes. Among these are the FIFA World Player of the Year for 2004 and 2005, as well as the UEFA's Champion League Award in 2006 in Barcelona (he scored seven goals in only 12 matches in that year). "Sports Illustrated" magazine named Ronaldinho the fifth wealthiest athlete of 2008 for his earnings of $37.5 million that year (salary, bonuses, product endorsements, and live appearances). This put the 28-year-old soccer star in group that included Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, David Beckham, and Kimi Raikkonen.

Soccer fans and enthusiasts were saddened in the early summer of 2008 where, in his 200th match, Ronaldinho injured a muscle in his right leg that would bench him for the rest of the 2007-2008 season. Further complicating his injury situation, Ronaldinho's player situation looked bleak when he and his club fought over his choice to play in Bejing's Olympic games. After much squabble, Ronaldinho did strike a deal with the Italian Club AC Milan-a deal that would allow him to play in the Olympics alongside his countrymen.

Manchester City offered Ronaldinho a contract for over $25 million to play for them at a time when he was getting paid $21 million in Barcelona; however, he turned down this offer but instead when with AC Milan on a three-year deal. However, he gave up his #10 because it had been retired for Italian AC Milan player Clarence Seedorf. He replaced it with #80 for the year of his birth. Milan quickly saw the wisdom of their new player selection when Ronaldinho scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Internazionale in September of 2008.

As the 2008 soccer season continued, Ronaldinho pushed Milan to a 2-2 draw (they were 2-0 at the time) by scoring a 93rd minute match-winner against Sporting Braga in the UEFA Cup in November. His brother Roberto has been quite the force as Ronaldinho's agent fetching him more and more endorsements that will continue until the year 2014. Residing in Milan, Italy, Ronaldinho seems happy these days.

In 2005 Ronaldinho named his and Brazilian dancer Janaina Mendes' newborn son Joao was born. Only the soccer star and his brother the agent know where Ronaldinho is going to wind up next. However, many are already thinking, "If Beckham can go to the United States, why not Ronaldinho?

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