Over the years, we have seen footballers, who are not really related bear the same names. The likes of Andy Cole, Joe Cole, Ashley Cole and Carlton Cole. But what quite makes the name "Ronaldo" stand out is that 3 footballers who had that name are/were all world-class players who all arguably fit into the list of top 10 footballers of all time. The rest four "Ronaldos" in this post are not as celebrated as these three. Though one of them is just 22 and still has enough time to make it to the top.
So below are names of seven footballers, both active and retired, who bear the name "Ronaldo."
1. Ronaldo De Lima
Ronaldo Luiz Nazario de Lima was born in September 1976. He is a retired Brazilian footballer, who played for several top clubs in Europe. The likes of PSV, Barcelona, Inter Milan, AC Milan and of course, Real Madrid. He is arguably the best striker football has ever seen. He won the Ballon d'Or award at age 19, and he remains the youngest player ever to do so. He is the current owner of Spanish football club Real Valladolid.
2. Ronaldo de Assis Moreira
He was nicknamed Ronaldinho when he was still playing football as a young boy. And by the time he advanced to the Brazilian senior national team, he probably thought it wise to continue with the name "Ronaldinho" since there was already a senior Ronaldo in the team.
Ronaldinho is one footballer I have never seen get angry. He smiles all the time. He played for clubs like Gremio, PSG, Barcelona and Flamengo. He played mostly as an attacking midfielder or a winger. He won the FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2005 and is currently 40 years of age. He is perhaps the most skilful and talented footballer the world has ever seen.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo did Santos Aveiro was no on February 5, 1985. He is a Portuguese professional footballer who has played for clubs like Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid and currently plays for Juventus. He is considered one of the best footballers in history and has been a rival of Argentine playmaker Lionel Messi for close to 15 years. He has won the Ballon d'Or five times. Only Lionel Messi has won more.
4. Ronaldo Rodrigues de Jesus
Ronaldo Rodrigues de Jesus was born in June 1965 in Sao Paulo. He is a retired Brazilian footballer and was a part of the squad that won the FIFA World Cup in 1994.
5. Ronaldo Pompeu da Silva
Ronaldo Pompeu da Silva was born on April 8, 1990. He has played for clubs like Lazio, Empoli, Salernitana and Mantova. He currently plays for Padova.
6. Ronaldo Rodrigues de Souza
Ronaldo Rodrigues de Souza is a 22-year old Brazilian footballer who plays for Portuguese club FC Alverca as a defender.
7. Ronaldo Aparecido Rodrigues
Popularly known as Naldo, Ronaldo Aparecido Rodrigues was born in September 1982. He is a Brazilian professional footballer, who plays mainly as a central defender. He has made very few appearances at international level but at club level, he has played for a number of clubs like Monaco, Wolfsburg, Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen.
How many of these "Ronaldos" do you know? Which one of them is your favourite?
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