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Ronaldo (Ronaldo Luiz Nazario da Lima)
Club: Inter Milan, Real Madrid
History: Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima (b. September 22, 1976), simply known as Ronaldo, is a Brazilian professional footballer. He holds dual citizenship with Spain. He plays as a forward for Brazil and the Spanish club Real Madrid. He has been nicknamed El Fenômeno ("The Phenomenon"). Ronaldo's speed, dribbling ability and scoring instincts have made him widely regarded as one of the best strikers of all time. He has enjoyed success at the international level, winning the 1994 and 2002 World Cups with the Brazilian national team. Ronaldo has also set a record of three FIFA World Player of the Year awards (1996, 1997 and 2002), since equalled by his Real Madrid team mate, Zinedine Zidane. He has been plagued by injuries through his career.
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“I love to score goals after passing all the defenders as well as the keeper. This is not my specialty but my habit.”
“I don't consider myself as the best player in the world. I'm not obsessed with individual titles. I'm much more interested in being part of a team which wins trophies.”
“I've never timed myself over 100m, but I have done a test over shorter distances, 20m or 30m, with and without the ball. What's strange is that I'm faster with the ball than without it. Some people are born for distance running and others for sprint.”
“I have been poor and money doesn't make any importance to me. I won't let all the money and glory go to my head. Fame came so quickly and early. It is a pressure to maintain it. Well, I've get used to it. I enjoy the applauding and appreciation of my.”
“In Brazil every kid starts playing street football very early. It's in our blood. As a professional I started at Sao Cristovao in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Of course I also played in the beach soccer league, barefoot.”
"Off the field I like to go out, but not too much. I love to dress well, love Italian fashion. And I like to eat well. But in general I'm a simple guy. Cars are not my great passion, but I think it's important to have the best. To me, music is a must.”
“It's amazing. It is like yesterday when I was still watching the stars of Brazilian football on TV, and I am one of them now. I miss my childhood. I left my family at 15 and then left Brazil for Holland when I was 17.”