The genius of soccer star Ronaldinho


02 March 2021

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One of the most important players for the success of FC Barcelona with Joan Laporta has been Ronaldo de Assis Moreira from Brazil, although many people will not recognize him by that name. Better known as Ronaldinho, sometimes abbreviated as Ronnie, or otherwise as Gaucho, he is one of the best players in the world and has ignited soccer in Spain.

Ronaldinho came to Barcelona in 2003 after spending two years at Paris Saint-Germain. The person who is generally credited with bringing him aboard is Sando Rosell, who at the time was vice president of the club and Laporta's right hand man. Ronaldinho quickly established himself as a firm favorite among the Barcelona fans with the ability to entertain with his control of the ball and score.

After several years of indifferent results, Barcelona began to regain confidence and in the end, if the 2003-2004 season was in full swing, they ended up in second place in the league behind Valencia, with assists at the Camp Nou growing with every game.

Ronaldinho was born in Porto Alegre in Brazil in 1980 and honed his skills as a child playing futsal and beach soccer. At just 13 years old, he caught the attention of the local media when he scored all the goals in a victory against a local team. When you find out that Ronaldinho's team won 23-0 you get an idea of ​​how impressive that feat was.

His first team as a professional player was Grêmio in 1998, in which his older brother Roberto had played before; His own soccer career was cut short by injury and he eventually became Ronaldinho's coach.

With his magic ball touch and clear scoring ability, Ronaldinho was captured by the Brazilian squad in 1999 and was a clear interest of several renowned European clubs, Ronaldinho signed with Paris Saint-Germain in 2001.

It is unclear if he was unhappy in Paris or enjoyed the nightlife too much, as manager Luis Fernández claimed, but for some reason he was unable to produce the on-court pyrotechnics for which he is famous and in 2003 Ronaldinho made it clear that it was looking to move on.

Both FC Barcelona and Manchester United went after him, but when Manchester and Paris Saint-Germain could not reach an agreement on the terms of the transfer, FC Barcelona had a clear path to get the Brazilian's signature.

Ronaldinho's debut was on a summer tour of the United States, when the club played an exhibition match against AC Milan in which he scored. He quickly became one of the club's favorites, when time and again he was able to produce impressive ball control demonstrations in which he was able to show off his natural talents which, if they reached the back of the net, always left him with his mark. registered. toothy smile on his face.


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