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9 things you’ve forgotten about the genius that is Ronaldinho

We feel a bit sorry for Ronaldinho.

Whenever anyone’s having a chinwag in the office canteen about who is or isn’t the greatest player the world has ever seen, the Brazilian barely gets a mention.

You’ve got your Messis, your Ronaldos, your Maradonas, Peles, Zidanes and Cruyffs.

But no Ronaldinhos in sight.

What’s going on? Have people forgotten his singularly elastic talent?

Is he being erased from our footballing memories?

Not on our watch.

Scroll down to take a walk back through Ronny’s memory lane and don’t forget to tell your friends about his incredible genius.

1 His Dad drowned when Ronny was just a boy


Making the Brazil legend’s story yet another heartwarming tale of triumph over adversity.

Joao de Assis Moreira, his father,  passed away tragically when his son was just eight years old, suffering a heart attack and drowning in the family’s backyard swimming pool.

2 He made headlines aged 13 when his team won a match 23-0


And Ronaldinho scored all the goals. Scout ears pricking up everywhere.

3 He pretty much invented the no-look pass



We’re sure other players had tried it before, but none nailed it as regularly as Ronaldinho.

4 He loved to party … no, he really loved to party

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And it got him into a spot of bother at Barcelona, where his favourite night club was, somewhat aptly, called Casanova. Ding ding.

He even had his own private section at the club, imaginatively nicknamed ‘The Section of the Legend.’

There, journalist Daniel Garcia Marco, once observed one of Ronny’s famous piss-ups which included “a succulent buffer of tarts for dessert”.


“At 4:00 am the samba came to a stop and paved the way for more reggaeton. At this point, Ronaldinho allegedly took off his shirt, and while surrounded by beautiful women, continued to show off all his dancing skills.”

Course he did.

5 A sip of Pepsi once cost him $750,000


That’s how much Coca-Cola were paying him a year to endorse their product. They soon put a stop to that when they caught him sipping Pepsi on live TV, during a Brazilian press conference.


6 He ~nearly~ signed for Man United


And this isn’t an Arsene Wenger ‘nearly’. This was minutes away from happening.

United believed a deal was done and were preparing for a grand unveiling at Old Trafford when new Barcelona president Sandro Rosell swooped in at the last-minute to royally gazump them.

Ronaldinho said years later: “It was a matter of 48 hours.”

7 He won more in Spain than Zinedine Zidane


Everyone remembers that Zidane volley in the Champions League final of 2002, but Ronny won the European Cup with Barca too and two La Ligas to Zizou’s one.

And scored more international goals than him, in fewer games.

It’s official: Ronaldinho > Zidane.

8 He set up Lionel Messi’s first ever goal

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We’ve got a lot to give thanks to Ronaldinho for, one of which is the development of Leo Messi.

Ron bent over backwards to help Messi settle into the first team dressing room when he first graduated from La Masia. He even laid on his first goal, against Albacete in 2005.

9 And he’s won two trophies that Leo never has


With one Copa America and one World Cup to his name, it’s time for all those doubters to rethink his position in the pantheon of the world’s greatest ever players.

Don’t you think?