Ronaldinho in 2019
Personal information
Full name Ronaldo de Assis Moreira
Date of birth 21 March 1980 (age 44)
Place of birth Porto Alegre, Brazil
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Attacking midfielder, winger
Youth career
1987–1998 Grêmio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 Grêmio 89 (47)
2001–2003 Paris Saint-Germain 55 (17)
2003–2008 Barcelona 145 (70)
2008–2011 AC Milan 76 (20)
2011–2012 Flamengo 56 (23)
2012–2014 Atlético Mineiro 58 (20)
2014–2015 Querétaro 25 (8)
2015 Fluminense 7 (0)
Total 511 (205)
International career
1997 Brazil U17 13 (3)
1998–1999 Brazil U20 17 (8)
1999–2000 Brazil U23 19 (15)
2008 Brazil Olympic (O.P.) 8 (3)
1999–2013 Brazil 97 (33)
Medal record
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (born 21 March 1980), commonly known as Ronaldinho Gaúcho (Brazilian Portuguese: or simply Ronaldinho, is a Brazilian former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder or winger. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, he won two FIFA World Player of the Year awards and a Ballon d’Or. He is the only player ever to have won a World Cup, a Copa América, a Confederations Cup, a Champions League, a Copa Libertadores and a Ballon d’Or.A global icon of the sport, Ronaldinho was renowned for his technical skills, creativity, dribbling ability and accuracy from free-kicks, his use of tricks, feints, no-look passes and overhead kicks, as well as his ability to score and create goals, all prominent characteristics of his early-age background playing futsal. He is known by the nickname “O Bruxo” (“The Wizard”).

Ronaldinho made his career debut for Grêmio, in 1998. At age 20, he moved to Paris Saint-Germain in France before signing for Barcelona in 2003. In his second season with Barcelona, he won his first FIFA World Player of the Year award as Barcelona won the 2004–05 La Liga title. The season that followed is considered one of the best in his career as he was integral in Barcelona winning the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League, their first in fourteen years, and another La Liga title, giving Ronaldinho his first career double, receiving the 2005 Ballon d’Or and his second FIFA World Player of the Year in the process. After scoring two solo goals in the first 2005–06 El Clásico, Ronaldinho became the second Barcelona player, after Diego Maradona in 1983, to receive a standing ovation from Real Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabéu. Due to these successes, Ronaldinho is widely credited with changing the history of Barcelona.

Following a second-place La Liga finish to Real Madrid in the 2006–07 season and an injury-plagued 2007–08 season, Ronaldinho suffered a decline in his performances—often put down to a decrease in dedication and focus having achieved so much in the sport—and departed Barcelona to join AC Milan, where he won the 2010–11 Serie A. He returned to Brazil to play for Flamengo in 2011 and Atlético Mineiro a year later where he won the 2013 Copa Libertadores, before moving to Mexico to play for Querétaro and then back to Brazil to play for Fluminense in 2015. Ronaldinho accumulated numerous other individual awards in his career: he was included in the UEFA Team of the Year and the FIFA World XI three times each, and was named UEFA Club Footballer of the Year for the 2005–06 season and South American Footballer of the Year in 2013; in 2004, he was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players. In 2009, Ronaldinho was voted World Player of the Decade 2000s, ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

In his international career with Brazil, Ronaldinho earned 97 caps and scored 33 goals and represented his country in two FIFA World Cups. After debuting with the Seleção by winning the 1999 Copa América, he was an integral part of the 2002 FIFA World Cup-winning team, starring alongside Ronaldo and Rivaldo in an attacking trio, and was named in the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team. As captain, he led his team to the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup title and was named man of the match in the final. He also captained the Brazil Olympic team to a bronze medal in men’s football at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Early and personal life

Born in Porto Alegre in 1980, Ronaldinho moved into an affluent suburb at the age of eight

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira was born on 21 March 1980 in the city of Porto Alegre, the state capital of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.His mother, Miguelina Elói Assis dos Santos,was a salesperson who studied to become a nurse.His father, João de Assis Moreira, was a shipyard worker and a footballer for the local club Esporte Clube Cruzeiro (not to be confused with the larger Cruzeiro Esporte Clube).After Ronaldo’s older brother Roberto signed with Grêmio, the family moved to a home in the more affluent Guarujá section of Porto Alegre, which was a gift from Grêmio to convince Roberto to stay at the club. Still, Roberto’s career was ultimately cut short by injury. It was in their new home where his father hit his head and drowned in the swimming pool when Ronaldo was eight.Roberto has acted as his manager, while his sister Deisi has worked as his press coordinator.

Ronaldo’s football skills began to blossom at the age of eight, and he was first given the nickname Ronaldinho – “inho” meaning small – because he was often the youngest and the smallest player in youth club matches.He developed an interest in futsal and beach football, which later expanded to organized football. Many of his signature moves originate from futsal, especially his ball control.His first brush with the media came at the age of 13, when he scored all 23 goals in a 23–0 victory against a local team.Ronaldinho was identified as a rising star at the 1997 U-17 World Championship in Egypt, in which he scored two goals on penalty kicks.

Growing up, his idols included the World Cup winning stars; Rivelino (from 1970), Diego Maradona (from 1986), Romário (from 1994), and his two future international teammates Ronaldo and Rivaldo (which would form the attacking trio in Brazil’s 2002 World Cup winning team).Ronaldinho is the father of a son, João, born on 25 February 2005, to Brazilian dancer Janaína Mendes and named after his late father.He gained Spanish citizenship in 2007.In March 2018, Ronaldinho joined the Brazilian Republican Party, which has links to the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God. Ronaldinho endorsed presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro in the 2018 Brazilian presidential election.

5SEASONS 210Oficial matches 17592Minutes played 95Goals 32Yellow cards 3Red cards 40Unofficial matches 15Unofficial goals
2003-04 47 3873 22 13 1 9 2
2004-05 43 3763 14 6 0 9 1
2005-06 45 3914 26 5 1 8 3
2006-07 49 4269 24 8 1 7 5
2007-08 26 1773 9 0 0 7 4



  • Wgoldld cup 2002 (champion), 2006
  • Olympic Games 2000, 2008 (bronze)
  • Confederations Cup 1999 (Subchampion), 2003, 2005 (champion)
  • Wgoldld cup s’20 1999, Wgoldld cup s’17 1997 (champion), Copa Amèrica 1999, Campionat Sud-americà s’20 1999, Campionat Sud-americà s’17 1997


  • Gremio Inferior teams (1988-1998)
  • Gremio (1998-2000)
  • PSG (2001-2003)
  • FC Barcelona (2003-2008)
  • Milan (2008-2011)
  • Flamengo (2011-2012)
  • Atlético Mineiro (2012-2014)
  • Querétaro (2014-2015)
  • Fluminense (2015)

Titles and individual awards

Golden Boot 2005 and Bronze 2004; FIFA World Player 2004, 2005 and third 2006; Best Player in the World FIFA/FIFPro 2005, 2006; America’s Best Player (El País) 2013; Confederations cup’s Best Player 1999; Top scorer of the Confederations cup 1999; Best Player Champions 2006, Bronze Ball World Cup of Clubs 2006; Golden Foot (Best Player Award for over 29 years) 2009; Best Sportsman of Latin America 2005; UEFA Best Player of the Year 2005-06; UEFA Best Striker of the Year 2004-05; Team of the Year FIFA/FIFPro 2005, 2006, 2007; Included in the FIFA’s 100 list; Best team Mundial 2002; UEFA Team of the Year 2004, 2005, 2006; America’s Team of the YEar 2012, 2013; Best Player of the Brazilian Championship 2012; La Liga’s Best Foreign Player (Don Balón) 2003-04, 2005-06; La Liga’s Best Iberoamerican Player (EFE) 2003-04; Third in the Pichichi trophy 2005-06, 2006-07