39 Facts About Ronaldinho Gaucho

1. Ronaldinho Gaucho has his own clothing line, R10, a reference to the number on his Barca jersey.

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2. Ronaldinho Gaucho turned in a lackluster performance, and Brazil was ousted by France.

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3. Ronaldinho Gaucho eased himself into the European style of play over three seasons with the French outfit, but returned regularly to the Brazilian national team for international tournaments.

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4. Ronaldinho Gaucho began his career in Paris, but he helped Football Club Barcelona win the Spanish national title two years in a row.

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5. Ronaldinho Gaucho won the FIFA Player of the Year award, given annually to the best player in the world, in 2004 and 2005.

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6. Ronaldinho Gaucho began his soccer career with Gremio, one of two major teams in Porto Alegre, when he was only seven years old.

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7. In 2003, Ronaldinho Gaucho announced he was ready to leave Paris Saint-Germain, and a heated bidding war for his professional commitment ensued.

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8. Ronaldinho Gaucho was in dazzling form on the day and absolutely destroyed the Galacticos defence.

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9. Ronaldinho Gaucho is one player that everybody loves to watch.

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10. On 25 November 2006, Ronaldinho Gaucho scored his 50th career league goal against Villarreal, then scored a second time with a spectacular overhead bicycle kick; receiving Xavi's cross, he flicked the ball up with his chest and spun 180 degrees to finish—Barcelona fans waved white handkerchiefs in admiration of the goal.

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11. Ronaldinho Gaucho chose the number 49 as an homage to his mother, born in 1949.

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12. Ronaldinho Gaucho has appeared in Nike commercials, including the 2002 "Secret Tournament" commercial directed by Terry Gilliam.

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13. At the beginning of his career Ronaldinho Gaucho signed a lucrative 10-year deal with sportswear company Nike.

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14. Ronaldinho Gaucho was again called up for the Selecao, being named captain of the national team for an international friendly with Chile on 24 April 2013.

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15. Ronaldinho Gaucho started in what was his 100th cap, and had a chance to score from the penalty kick, but his shot was saved by Joe Hart.

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16. On 7 July 2008, Ronaldinho Gaucho was named in Brazil's 2008 Summer Olympics squad as one of the over-age players.

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17. Ronaldinho Gaucho was not called up for the 2007 Copa America after asking to be excused from the tournament due to fatigue.

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18. Ronaldinho Gaucho participated in his first World Cup in 2002, as part of a formidable offensive unit with Ronaldo and Rivaldo, dubbed the "Three Rs", who were on the 1999 Copa America winning squad.

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19. Ronaldinho Gaucho appeared four times and scored only one goal, which came in the quarter-final defeat by Cameroon.

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20. In 2000, Ronaldinho Gaucho participated in the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, with the U23 team.

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21. Ronaldinho Gaucho is one of few Brazilian players to have played at every international age level.

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22. Ronaldinho Gaucho appeared at the closing ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on 15 July, performing a few bars of the Russian folk song "Kalinka" on an African drum.

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23. On 11 July 2015, Ronaldinho Gaucho announced his return to Brazil and signed an 18-month contract with Fluminense, but on 28 September, Ronaldinho reached a mutual agreement with the club to terminate the deal.

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24. Ronaldinho Gaucho scored two penalties in consecutive matches, the second giving Queretaro the classification to the Liga MX playoffs.

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25. Ronaldinho Gaucho renewed his contract with Atletico in January 2014.

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26. Ronaldinho Gaucho led Atletico Mineiro to a good 2012 season, in which the club finished second in the 2012 Brasileirao and qualified for the 2013 Copa Libertadores.

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27. Ronaldinho Gaucho made a move to Atletico Mineiro on 4 June 2012 in a six-month contract, just four days after leaving Flamengo.

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28. Ronaldinho Gaucho lifted his first trophy with Flamengo after curling in a right-footed shot over the wall in the 71st minute at Engenhao stadium.

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29. Ronaldinho Gaucho was greeted by more than 20,000 fans at his unveiling at his new club on 13 January 2011.

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30. Ronaldinho Gaucho scored early in the game at the San Siro to give Milan the lead.

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31. Ronaldinho Gaucho joined Barca as a toothy-grinned wizard who had the club under his spell for three glorious seasons.

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32. Ronaldinho Gaucho played his 200th career match for Barcelona in a league match against Osasuna on 3 February 2008.

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33. Ronaldinho Gaucho was the recipient of the Bronze Ball Award for the competition.

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34. On 25 November 2006, Ronaldinho Gaucho scored his 50th career league goal against Villarreal, then scored a second time with a spectacular overhead bicycle kick; receiving Xavi's cross, he flicked the ball up with his chest and spun 180 degrees to finish—Barcelona fans waved white handkerchiefs in admiration of the goal.

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35. Ronaldinho Gaucho became only the third player to win the award more than once, after three-time winners Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane.

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36. Ronaldinho Gaucho achieved further success with Gremio, winning the inaugural Copa Sul-Minas.

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37. Ronaldinho Gaucho made his senior side debut during the 1998 Copa Libertadores.

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38. Ronaldinho Gaucho endorsed presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro in the 2018 Brazilian presidential election.

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39. In March 2018 Ronaldinho Gaucho joined the Brazilian Republican Party which has links to the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God.

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