Ronaldo Luiz Nazario de Lima
Date Of Birth:
September 18, 1976
Place Of Birth:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Cruzeiro, PSV, Barcelona, Inter, Real Madrid, Milan, Corinthians
Brazil (1994-2006) + Farewell game with Brazil (2011)
Timeline Of Playing Career:
1993: Makes Cruzeiro debut and scores first goal as a professional football player.
1994: Makes Brazil debut in international friendly against Argentina.
1994: Part of the Brazil squad that wins the 1994 World Cup.
1994: Signs a contract with Eredivisie giants PSV.
1995: Finishes the season as Eredivisie top scorer with 30 goals.
1996: Wins KNVB Beker with PSV.
1996: Leaves PSV for Spanish powerhouse Barcelona.
1996: Wins FIFA World Player of the Year award; runner-up for Ballon d'Or.
1997: Wins Copa del Rey and Cup Winners' Cup with Barcelona.
1997: Finishes the season as La Liga top scorer with 34 goals.
1997: Wins European Golden Boot
1997: Joins Italian titans Inter.
1997: Wins FIFA World Player of the Year award; wins Ballon d'Or.
1997: Wins the Copa America with Brazil.
1998: Wins UEFA Cup with Inter.
1998: Part of the Brazil squad that finishes runners-up at the 1998 World Cup.
1998: Wins Golden Ball at 1998 World Cup.
1999: Wins the Copa America with Brazil.
1999: Sustains first serious knee injury.
2000: Picks up yet another serious knee problem.
2002: Part of the Brazil squad that wins the 2002 World Cup.
2002: Finishes the 2002 World Cup as top scorer with eight goals.
2002: Wins FIFA World Player of the Year award; wins Ballon d'Or.
2002: Leaves Inter to return to Spain with Real Madrid.
2002: Wins Intercontinental Cup with Real Madrid.
2003: Wins La Liga with Real Madrid.
2004: Finishes the season as La Liga top scorer with 24 goals.
2006: Part of the Brazil squad that reaches the quarter-finals at the 2006 WC.
2006: Record for most goals scored at World-Cup, by 15.
2007: Wins La Liga with Real Madrid.
2007: Leaves Real Madrid to join Milan.
2008: Sustains his third serious knee injury.
2009: Leaves Europe to return to Brazil at Corinthians.
2009: Wins Campeonato Paulista and Copa do Brasil with Corinthians.
2010: Voted Player of the Decade by Goal.com.
2011: Retires from professional football.