Ronaldo: Important Milestones
On February 2011, the World Cup\’s all-time leading goal scorer Ronaldo has announced his retirement to the whole press and media in Sao Paulo at his age of 34. The legend Brazilian stated, “I\’m stopping my career as a professional footballer. It\’s been a beautiful, emotional, marvelous career.” Ronaldo is known as the great player and goal scorer with 326 goals in 466 games. He also won the FIFA World player of the year award three times and played for Europe\’s biggest clubs. Let\’s review the most important milestones in his career.
Dutch side PSV Eindhoven spent £4 million acquiring Ronaldo when he was just 18 after the 1994 World Cup. During his time at PSV Eindhoven, Holland from 1994 to 1996, the Brazilian scored 54 goals in 58 league games and also won the Dutch Cup in 1996.
Ronaldo at PSV Eindhoven
The 1994 World Cup
Ronaldo was invited to the 1994 World Cup at the age of 17 as a non-playing member of the Brazil squad.
After winning the 1996 FIFA World Player of the Year award, Ronaldo rose his fame to some big clubs in Europe and moved to Spanish giant Barcelona at a £10 million contract.
Ronaldo performed such magnificent progress during his time at the club with total 34 great individual goals in 37 appearances.
In 1997, Ronaldo joined Inter Milan from Barcelona for a history-making contract of £19million. During his most successful period in Italy, he won FIFA World Player of the Year award (1997) and the Ballon d’Or award.
On 21 November 1999, Ronaldo got an injury problem with his knee in a Serie A match against Lecce which hindered his time in Italy.
The 2002 World Cup
It was a difficult time for the Brazilian until 2002 when he got back to the highest level in the World Cup. With 8 of Brazil’s 18 goals during the tournament, he earned the second World Cup medal and the Golden Boot trophy.
The Highest Goal Scorer in World Cup History
Ronaldo scored 3 goals in the 2006 World Cup but unfortunately lost to finalist France. However, he surpassed Gerd Muller to become the highest goal scorer in World Cup history with 15 goals.
Ronaldo got back to the world stage with Real Madrid at £20 million contract.
The Brazilian helped Real Madrid win the La Liga title. In total, he scored 83 goals in 127 appearances in Real Madrid.
In 2009, he carried out his desire to return to Brazil with club Corinthians.
On 14th February 2011, the Fenomeno officially announced his retirement from football. On the press conference, he stated, “It\’s very hard to leave something that made me so happy. Mentally I wanted to continue but I have to acknowledge that I lost to my body.”
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