Who is Ronaldinho and what is his net worth 2018? The South Americans are born with dancing feet. The increasing number of artistic football greats from this continent is baffling to say the least. Starting with the greatest if them all, Pele, Maradona, Zico, etc the list could be endless. Ronaldinho can certainly claim fame to be one of the modern day greats.
Born on 21 March 1980, Ronaldo de Assis Moreira is a master entertainer on the football field. People also know him by the name Ronaldinho Gaucho or just Ronaldinho. His father Joao was a decent footballer playing for a local club. He was also a shipyard worker. His mother, Dona worked as a sales representative though she studied to become a nurse. He has a brother, Roberto and a sister named Deisy.
Ronaldinho was an exceptional player at school as well. He has a unique record of scoring all the 23 goals in a local match when he was just 13 years of age. His team won by an astonishing margin of 23-0. He was a tremendous talent meriting selection in the Brazil under-17 national team for the FIFA Under-17 World Championship. Brazil won the championship largely due to the football skills of Ronaldinho.
It is not a surprise that his idols were some of the greats mentioned earlier in this article. His first club side was Gremio Youth Squad. He started playing for the senior squad in 1998. In one of the matches, he impressed the 1994 World-Cup winning captain Dunga with his dribbling skills.
He played a stellar role in Brazil winning the Pre-Olympic tournament in 2000. However, Brazil had an early exit at the main Olympics. He helped the senior national team win the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He formed an excellent combination with Ronaldo and Rivaldo. One of his most memorable matches was the quarter final against England.
He scored a goal very much similar to the one Maradona did against the same English team in the 1986 world Cup. Taking the ball in his own half, he dribbled past the entire British team and scored the most magnificent goal of the tournament. Though he missed the semifinal, he played a great role in the final to defeat Germany and help Brazil claim its record fifth World Cup title.
The next World Cup in 2006 was a huge disappointment for Ronaldinho and the Brazilian team. However, he made amends by helping Brazil take the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics. He did not participate in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.
On the professional front, he played a lot of football in Spain and Italy. He played for Barcelona from 2003 to 2008 before switching over to Milan until 2011. He helped his team, Barcelona win the La Liga twice.
On the personal front, Ronaldinho has a son named Joao with his wife Janaina Mendes, a Brazilian dancer.
Education: Not much information is available about his education. However, he must have had a decent education because his late father always used to insist on one.
Net Worth of Ronaldinho
Football players are some of the richest sportspersons in the planet. It is no surprise that Ronaldinho has a net worth of $96 million. He has been the most valuable player for every side he played in. Starting from the local side to the Brazilian national team, he has shined in practically every match he has played. His dribbling skills won him some of the biggest lucrative contracts in the La Liga. As far as endorsements go, he has endorsed various products for companies such as Nike, Coca-Cola, Gatorade, EA Sports, and Pepsi, etc.
Ronaldinho was an exceptional layer during his prime. He had the capacity to win matches single-handed for his team. He formed an excellent partnership with Ronaldo and Rivaldo while playing for Brazil. The world used to dread the three R’s. These skills brought him lucrative contracts with clubs like Barcelona, AC Milan, etc. He endorsed products of corporate giants such as Nike, Pepsi, and Coca-Cola.
Ronaldinho has retired from international football in 2015. He now travels around the world promoting football events and releasing video games.
Anybody would be ready to give an arm and a leg to possess half the talent that Ronaldinho has. One of the most complete players to have ever played the game for Brazil, he has won every possible honour including the FIFA Player of the Year. It is a great achievement for a top football player to retire with an impeccable record.