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Ronaldinho

200px-ronaldinho061115Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (born March 21, 1980 in Porto Alegre), commonly known as Ronaldinho or Ronaldinho Gaúcho,[3] is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Italian Serie A side Milan and the Brazil national team.

Ronaldinho, Portuguese for “Little Ronaldo”, is known in Brazil by the nickname “Gaúcho”, in order to distinguish him from Ronaldo, who was already called “Ronaldinho” in Brazil. Ronaldo simply went by his first name upon his move to Europe, thereby allowing Ronaldinho to drop the “Gaúcho” and remain simply as Ronaldinho. During his early years at Barça he was very much a star player, but his party lifestyle became too much for the management to accept so decided to let him leave to Milan in summer 2008.

He has played for Paris Saint-Germain, and FC Barcelona, with whom he won his first Champions League in 2006. He became a Spanish citizen in January 2007.

Biography and personal life

Ronaldhino was born in the Rio Grande do Sul capital of Porto Alegre. He grew up in a considerably small town where the locals knew him as El Jefe, Portuguese for The Chief. His mother, Miguelina, is a former salesperson who studied to become a nurse. His father, João, was a shipyard worker and footballer for local club Esporte Clube Cruzeiro (not to be confused with Cruzeiro EC).[5] He suffered a fatal heart attack when Ronaldhino was eight. After Ronaldhino’s older brother, Roberto, signed with Grêmio, the family moved to a more affluent home in Porto Alegre, which was a gift from Grêmio to convince Roberto to stay at the club. Roberto’s career was ultimately cut short by injury.

Ronaldhino’s football skills began to blossom at an early age, and he was first given the nickname Ronaldinho because he was often the youngest and the smallest player in youth club matches.[6] He developed an interest in futsal and beach football, which later expanded to organized football. His first brush with the media came at the age of thirteen, when he scored all 23 goals in a 23-0 victory against a local team.[7] Ronaldhinho was identified as a rising star at the 1997 U-17 World Championship in Egypt, in which he scored two goals on penalty kicks.[8][9]

Today Roberto acts as Ronaldhino’s manager, while his sister, Deisi, works as his press coordinator.[10][11] Ronaldinho became a father for the first time on 25 February 2005, after Brazilian dancer Janaína Mendes gave birth to their son, who was named João after Ronaldinho’s late father

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