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Published: Saturday 1 January 2011, 15.32CET
Published: Saturday 1 January 2011, 15.32CET


Clubs: Cruzeiro EC. PSV Eindhoven, FC Barcelona, FC Internazionale Milano, Real Madrid CF, AC Milan, SC Corinthians

UEFA honours
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup:
winner 1997
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: leading scorer 1996/97
UEFA Cup: 1998
European/South American Cup: 2002
UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 1998
UEFA Club Forward of the Year: 1998 users' Team of the Year: 2002

• A native of Rio de Janeiro, Ronaldo was rejected by his favourite club CR Flamengo but became a prolific goalscorer as a teenager for Cruzeiro and was already a Brazilian international – and non-playing member of the Seleção's 1994 FIFA World Cup-winning squad – when he left for Europe at 17, joining PSV.

• Furthered reputation in the Netherlands, top-scoring in Eredivisie with 30 goals in his first season and winning the Dutch Cup in his second; left for Barcelona in 1996 and maintained ratio of roughly a goal per game in Spain, winning Copa del Rey and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup with the Catalan side.

• Left Barça for Inter after just one brilliant season and maintained his world-class form, winning FIFA World Player of the Year back-to-back in 1996 and 1997 and also claiming 1997 Ballon d'Or; went to 1998 World Cup as world's No1 player – and a UEFA Cup winner with Inter – but after living up to his billing with four goals he suffered a convulsion before the final against hosts France, which Brazil lost 3-0.

• Barely played for Inter over next four years due to injury but returned in fairytale fashion to inspire Brazil to victory at 2002 World Cup, scoring eight goals, including both in the final against Germany (2-0), and scooping all the end-of-year individual awards, including World Player of the Year and Ballon d'Or.

• Rediscovered best club form after joining Real Madrid from Inter in wake of World Cup success; won his first national title in 2002/03 and followed it up with the Pichichi crown as La Liga's top marksman in 2003/04; despite lack of fitness he broke World Cup finals scoring record with three goals in his international swansong at 2006 finals, taking cumulative tally to 15 and his all-competition total for Brazil to 62 in 97 matches.

• Left Madrid for Milan in January 2007 but injury curse returned and he moved back to Brazil in 2009 to see out remainder of his career with Corinthians.

Last updated: 12/01/11 11.39CET

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