Many call him a magician while some just label him as the best player of all time because of his trickery, skills and dribble. Ronaldinho Gaucho is one player that everybody loves to watch.
Ronaldinho burst onto the international scene as a teenager at the 1997 FIFA Under-17 World Cup. He also led his country to World Cup glory in 2002 where he scored an unbelievable freekick against England that led to David Seaman’s retirement.
The Brazilian legend has played with so many football greats like Ronaldo de Lima, Rivaldo, Andrea Pirlo, David Beckham, Samuel Eto’o just to mention a few.
Ronaldinho was twice voted World Player of the Year and has enjoyed a stellar career playing for the likes of Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan.
Returning to Brazil in 2011, Ronaldinho played for Flamengo and Atlético Mineiro before he enjoyed a short spell at Querétaro in Mexico. Again returning to play for Fluminense in July last year, Ronaldinho became a free agent after a series of poor performances and has since been the centre of constant speculation about where his next club may be.
Here are 7 facts you didn’t know about Ronaldinho
#1. He scored 23 goals in a match
Ronaldinho’s talent wasn’t exactly hard to spot. At the tender age of 13 he knocked 23 goals past a side in his local youth league which resulted in his first brush with the media.
The Brazilian was later selected for the Gremio youth squad before he starred for Brazil in the Under-17 World Cup. While he never achieved the same feats in his professional career, he can certainly be proud of his efforts as he went on to score multiple hat-tricks for both club and country.