Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, commonly known as Ronaldo Nazário, is a retired Brazilian professional footballer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time. He was born on September 18, 1976, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Early Life

Growing up in Brazil, where football was a way of life for most people, Ronaldo began playing the sport at an early age. His talent soon became apparent and he joined youth teams where he honed his skills even further.


At just 16 years old, Ronaldo signed his first contract with Cruzeiro Esporte Clube and made his professional debut. In 1994, he transferred to Dutch club PSV Eindhoven before moving to Spanish club FC Barcelona in 1996.

However, it was during his time at Italian powerhouse Inter Milan that Ronaldo truly captured the world's attention. In the year 2002 WC he won Golden Boots and scored two goals each against Germany & Turkey leading Brazil to world cup crown after a gap of eight years. He then went on to play for Real Madrid and AC Milan before retiring from professional football in 2011.


Throughout his career, Ronaldo won numerous awards and set countless records. Some of his most notable achievements include:

  • Two-time FIFA World Cup winner (1994 and 2002)
  • Three-time FIFA World Player of the Year (1996, 1997 and 2002)
  • Two-time Ballon d’Or winner (1997 and 2002)
  • Four-time Serie A top scorer (Inter Milan)
  • La Liga top scorer (Real Madrid)


After retiring from professional football in February 2011 due to recurring injuries throughout his career; often considered one of the greatest talents ever produced by Brazilian soccer history; its influence still shines beyond his sports days through projects and truly global engagements.


Ronaldo Nazário's impact on the beautiful game of football is immeasurable. His talent, skill, and achievements have earned him a well-deserved place in the pantheon of football greats.