RONALDO – “THE PHENOMENAL”
One of the greatest footballers of all time
Second highest scorer in World Cup history
Two-time FIFA World Cup Winner (1994, 2002)
Three-time FIFA World Player of the Year (1996, 1997, 2002)
Two-time Ballon d’Or winner, the European Footballer of the Year (1997, 2002)
Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima
18 September 1976
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1.83 meters (6 ft.)
Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima commonly known as Ronaldo, popularly dubbed O Fenômeno ("The Phenomenon"), and also nicknamed R9, is widely considered one of the greatest footballers and athletes of all time. As a multi-functional striker who brought an entirely new dimension, perspective, and flavor to the position, Ronaldo has been the leading influence for a generation of strikers that have followed. His remarkable individual accolades include being named FIFA World Player of the Year three times, and winning two Ballon d'Or awards (European Player of the Year).
Ronaldo started his career at Cruzeiro and moved to PSV in 1994. He joined Barcelona in 1996 for a then world-record transfer fee, and at 20 years old he was named the 1996 FIFA World Player of the Year, making him the youngest recipient of the award. In 1997, Inter Milan broke the world record fee to sign Ronaldo, making him the first player since Diego Maradona to break the world transfer record twice. At 21 he received the 1997 Ballon d'Or, and he remains the youngest recipient of the award. By the age of 23, Ronaldo had scored over 200 goals for club and country. Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2002 and won the 2002–03 La Liga title. He had spells at AC Milan and Corinthians before retiring in 2011 having due to various injuries.
Ronaldo played for Brazil in 98 matches, scoring 62 goals, and is the third-highest goalscorer for his national team. At age 17, he was the youngest member of the Brazilian squad that won the 1994 FIFA World Cup. At the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Ronaldo received the Golden Ball for player of the tournament, helping Brazil reach the final. He won the 2002 FIFA World Cup where he starred in a front three with Ronaldinho and Rivaldo. Ronaldo scored twice in the final, and received the Golden Boot as the tournament's top goalscorer. At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Ronaldo scored his 15th FIFA World Cup goal, a FIFA World Cup record at the time. He also won the 1997 Copa América, where he was a player in the tournament, and the 1999 Copa América, where he was a top goalscorer.
One of the most marketable sportsmen in the world during his playing career, the first Nike Mercurial boots–R9–were commissioned for Ronaldo in 1998. He was named in the FIFA list of the greatest living players compiled in 2004 by Pelé, and was inducted into the Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame, Italian Football Hall of Fame, Inter Milan Hall of Fame and Real Madrid Hall of Fame. In 2020, Ronaldo was named in the Ballon d'Or Dream Team, the greatest all-time XI published by France Football magazine.
In retirement from the sport, Ronaldo has continued his work as a United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador, a position to which he was appointed in 2000. He served as an ambassador for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Ronaldo became the majority owner of Real Valladolid in September 2018. In December 2021 he bought a controlling stake in his boyhood club Cruzeiro.
Dutch Super Cup
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Spanish Super Cup
Spanish Super Cup
FIFA Confederations Cup
Message from Ronaldo
The Ronaldo Academy provides a great experience to the youth. We deliver not only top-quality football training but also promote important human attributes such as sportsmanship, fairness, goodwill, and respect for others. Our intention is to provide motivation, instill encouragement, and gift the young players with social skills for a lifetime.
Naturally, football is the centerpiece around which all the teaching revolves. Football is a sport that demands creativity, physical and mental agility, and seamless teamwork; all traits that will be very important for the youth as they grow up and engage with the world.
I have been very fortunate to play for some of the world’s most renowned clubs and with some of the most knowledgeable coaches and managers of the modern era. I have brought together all the experience in playing for Cruzeiro, Corinthians, PSV, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, AC Milan, and the Brazilian National Team; and I am now making it all available to the students at the Ronaldo Academy. Naturally, my extensive experience has been adapted so that it can be taught to children and teenagers in a way that they can understand, learn, and incorporate into their own playing style. This aggregation of my experience packaged into a structure that is smoothly and easily transferable to the youth is what I call the “Ronaldo methodology”.
Playing football requires much more than pure physical skills. High levels of strategic thinking, determination, coolness of mind, ability to excel under pressure, and unrelenting perseverance are all required. All these critical attributes are taught and promoted at the Ronaldo Academy. This is the reason why all Ronaldo Academy coaches undertake a very comprehensive, extensive, strenuous, and extremely detailed training at our state-of-the-art Ronaldo Academy in Campinas, São Paulo in Brazil.
- Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima -