The soccer wizard

Published by Metro India News on May 23, 2016 00:30:04 AM
Ronaldinho

An absolute wizard with a soccer ball, Ronaldinho is considered by many to be the greatest player of his generation and one of the best in history.

One of his practice videos in which he kicks the ball to the goal post bar and the ball returns back to him thrice, went viral in social networking site. That stand’s unique as till now no other soccer player has ever done

His soccer career has been an emotional roller coaster filled with high highs, low lows and a lifetime of unforgettable moments. One of his practice video in which he kicks the ball to the goal post bar and the ball returns back to him thrice, went viral in social networking site. That stand’s unique as till now no other soccer player has ever done. Soccer superstar Ronaldinho was a member of Brazil's 2002 World Cup championship team and twice won the FIFA World Player of the Year award.

Ronaldinho is known for his unusual skills in football across the globe. Born on March 21, 1980, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Ronaldinho came from a family of soccer players to reach the pinnacle of success in the sport. Ronaldinho was born Ronaldo de Assis Moreira on March 21, 1980, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. His father, Joao Moreira, was a former professional soccer player who also worked as a welder in a shipyard, and his mother, Miguelina de Assis, was a cosmetics saleswoman who later became a nurse.

Ronaldinho idolised his father whom he lost at the age of eight due to heart attack. He started playing in organized youth soccer at the age of 7, and it was as a youth soccer player that he first received the nickname "Ronaldinho," the diminutive form of his birth name, Ronaldo. Ronaldinho quickly developed into one of Brazil's most talented youth soccer players. When he was 13 years old, he once scored a ridiculous 23 goals in a single game.

While leading his team to a variety of junior championships, Ronaldinho immersed himself in Brazil's long and glorious soccer history, studying past greats such as Pelé, Rivelino and Ronaldo, and dreaming of following in their footsteps. In 2003, Ronaldinho fulfilled a lifelong dream by joining FC Barcelona of the Spanish league. In 2004 and 2005, Ronaldinho won back-to-back FIFA World Player of the Year awards, the sport's highest individual honor. Later in 2006 he led his teammates to the pinnacle of club success with a triumphant run through the prestigious Champions League tournament.