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“You run, I don’t. I score goals.” —Ronaldo

Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, commonly knows as Ronaldo is recognized as one of the best soccer players in history. Ronaldo has been a pillar for the modern football era,  he has acted as a mentor to the young generation of players. But,  this praise has come with his long and ballistic career that has earned him such respect, both from fans and other players among whom many were his opponents. So here are some points that put some light o achievements of this master footballer’s life.

1. In 2004, he was named to the FIFA 100, a list of the greatest living players compiled by the legendary Pelé, and in 2010, he was deemed Goal.com’s “Player of the Decade.”

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2. Ronaldo dropped out of school shortly afterward to pursue a soccer career and  joined the Social Ramos indoor soccer team at the age of 12.

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3. Ronaldo was sponsored by sportswear company Nike throughout his career. 

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4. Ronaldo retired from international football as the second highest goalscorer for Brazil, with 62 goals in 98 appearances.

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5. Ronaldo’s last match for Brazil against Romania in São Paulo on 7 June 2011. He played for 15 minutes and won the match. Fred celebrated his goal with Ronaldo’s famous ‘finger wag’ celebration along with his Brazilian teammates.

6. Ronaldo has won FIFA World Player of the Year award twice and carried his teams to victory in the Dutch and Spanish Super Cups.

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7. In January 2013, Ronaldo was named one of the six Ambassadors of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

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“The first time I saw him play was at Cruzeiro. He was still a kid. It was in a game where he ended up scoring five goals. From that point on he showed he was truly a phenomenon.”

—Brazilian defender Cafu on 17-year-old Ronaldo.
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