RONALDINHO WINS THE 2009 GOLDEN FOOT AWARD
Brazilian football player Ronaldinho has added to his legend by being named the winner of the GOLDEN FOOT 2009, an international career award dedicated to the greatest champions of world football. The voting represented a great battle against Raúl González Blanco, Thierry Henry and Gianluigi Buffon. But the fans gave the AC Milan star 43,755 votes, against the 31,762 for Raúl González Blanco and 25,537 for Thierry Henry. The total votes collected on the website www.goldenfoot.com were 158,470, coming mainly from Brazil, Turkey, United States, China, Italy, Mexico, Argentina, Hungary, Greece and Germany. Ronaldinho earns the honor after another Brazilian, Roberto Carlos, won the award in the 2008 edition. Ronaldinho (World Champion with Brazil in 2002 and winner with FC Barcelona of the 2006 Champions League title, two La Liga championships, twice in a row FIFA World Player of the Year and once “Ballon d’Or” winner) received the GOLDEN FOOT from H.S.H. the Prince Albert of Monaco, who gave his High Patronage to the event. In addition, “all time” legends were awarded to Zbigniew Boniek (Poland), Oleg Blokhin (Ukraine), René Higuita (Colombia), Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Germany) and Nilton Santos (Brazil), who couldn’t receive the award and was represented by Botafogo FR deputy chairman, José Luiz Rolim.
Full name: Ronaldo de Assis Moreira
Nickname: Ronaldinho, Ronaldinho Gaúcho
Birthday: 21 March 1980
Place: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Weight: 167 lbs.
Jersey number: 80
Best foot: rights
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (born 21 March 1980 in Porto Alegre, Brazil) is a footballer more commonly known as Ronaldinho Gaúcho because he is from the Rio Grande do Sul state of Brazil, whose residents are called Gaúchos.
His name Ronaldinho, Portuguese for "little Ronaldo," was originally devised as a means of distinguishing between him and fellow Brazilian footballer Ronaldo. Among his many achievements and accolades, Ronaldinho has been awarded the FIFA World Player of the Year award twice as well as both the European Footballer of the Year award and the FIFPro World Player of the Year award once.
British Magazine World Soccer's World Player of the Decade: 2009
Golden Foot Award: 2009
Pelé named Ronaldinho in his 125 Top Living Footballers in March 2004.
FIFA World Player of the Year: 2004, 2005
World Soccer Player of the Year: 2004, 2005
European Footballer of the Year: 2005
FIFPro World Player of the Year 2005, 2006
FIFPro World XI: 2005, 2006, 2007
UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 2005-06
UEFA Club Best Forward: 2004-05
UEFA Team of the Year: 2004, 2005, 2006
Best foreign player in La Liga: 2004, 2006
EFE Trophy: Best Ibero-American Player in La Liga: 2004
FIFA World Cup 2002 All-Star team: 2002
FIFA Club World Cup Bronze Ball Award: 2006
FIFA Confederations Cup Top Scorer: 1999
FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Ball: 1999
Rio Grande do Sul State Championship Top Scorer: 1999
Ronaldinho was born in Porto Alegre, capital of the State of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. Ronaldinho's mother, Miguelina, is a former salesperson who later studied to become a nurse. His father, João, was a shipyard worker and footballer for Cruzeiro. His family, still very much involved in Ronaldinho’s life, are partners in his football career. His brother Roberto serves as his manager, while his sister Deisi works as his press coordinator.
In his childhood, Ronaldinho's skill in football began to blossom due to his particular interest in futsal (indoor football) and beach football, which later developed into a fondness for more standard football. His first brush with the media came after he scored all 23 goals in a 23-0 victory against a local team, at just 13 years of age. His reputation as a footballer was built up through his childhood, particularly since he was identified as a rising star at the Egypt 1997 under-17 world championship. He scored two goals in the tournament, both penalty kicks.
He joined the Brazilian national team in 1999, making his debut for it on June 26, 1999 against Latvia. Ronaldinho played a part in Brazil's successful 2002 campaign to win the World Cup.
On June 29, 2005, he played a pivotal role as the captain of the Brazilian squad which won its second FIFA Confederations Cup title, and was named Man of the Match in a 4–1 victory over Argentina in the final. Pelé named Ronaldinho in his 125 Top Living Footballers in March 2004.
His career began on the Porto Alegre club Grêmio’s youth team, under head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who would later coach the Brazilian national team to glory in the 2002 World Cup. His first professional appearance came in the 1998 Libertadores Cup, and his penchant for goal scoring was quickly displayed. This was followed by his joining the Brazilian national team in 1999.
Towards the end of his career at Grêmio, in 2001, many clubs from all over the world, particularly Premiership teams in England, were eager to sign him in an attempt to attain a player who was both a "big name" and was also performing well. Ronaldinho signed a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain, to which he moved at the beginning of the following season.
In 2001 Ronaldinho left Grêmio to play European football. Despite bids from much larger clubs, he opted to play for PSG.
After the World Cup, having shown his worth on the international scene, there was no shortage of interest from bigger clubs, and in 2003, Ronaldinho made it known that he wanted to leave PSG. That set off a bidding war among the top clubs for his services.
Barcelona entered the running for Ronaldinho, and beat Manchester United for his signature. July 19, FC Barcelona signed Ronaldinho for £18 million. Ronaldinho's signing for Barcelona meant he followed in the footsteps of a number of illustrious fellow countrymen who had enjoyed successful careers with the club, including Evaristo, Romario, Ronaldo, and Rivaldo.
With his contract running only to 2008, Ronaldinho was offered a new contract lasting until 2014, netting him £85 million, which he rejected. On September 1, 2005 he signed a two-year extension of his original contract until 2010, with a minimum fee release clause, allowing him to leave, should another club make an offer to Barcelona of £85 million for him.
In 2005 Ronaldinho was named as both the European Footballer of the Year and the best striker in the UEFA Champions League tournament for 2004/05. Ronaldinho is the third Brazilian to win the European Footballer of the Year Award. On December 19, 2005, he was again named FIFA World Player of the Year with 956 points, more than three times the 306 points of Chelsea's Frank Lampard, who finished second in the poll, and the 190 points of Barça teammate Samuel Eto'o, who came in third. He was chosen for the UEFA team of 2005 for the third time running in January 2006. He received more votes than any other player in that team. Over 1.5 million people participated in that vote.
On May 3rd 2006, Barcelona was crowned 2005/2006 La Liga champions after beating Celta Vigo 1-0.
On May 17th 2006 Barcelona won the Champions League by defeating Arsenal for 2-1.
On July 17, 2008, Ronaldinho signed a three-year contract with AC Milan after a £16 million deal with Barcelona. He selected 80 as his jersey number, based on his birth year.
| 2001–2003||Paris SG|| 55 (17)
|2003-2008||FC Barcelona||68 (24)
||2008-Present||AC Milan||68 (24)
1999 – present Brazil 60 (27)