Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, who is more commonly known as Ronaldinho, is a Brazilian football player who plays for both the Brazilian national team as well as Flamengo, a team in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A. His position is forward, though he also is skilled at playing the attacking midfielder position. He is one of the few people to have won the FIFA World Player of the Year award twice, having been honored for the 2004 and 2005 seasons. In addition to the FIFA honors, Ronaldinho was named as one of the top 100 football players in history on a list compiled by football legend, Pele. Though his professional name is similar to fellow footballer Ronaldo’s, the two players are not related.
Ronaldinho was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil on March 21, 1980. He began to take a serious interest in the sport of football at the age of eight. At the age of 13 while playing for a local team, he scored all 23 goals in a 23-0 match against another local team. This brought some media attention to him and his family. Later, he began club play for Grêmio. After his time with the team, he moved on to play for Paris Saint-Germain. Since then, he has played for Barcelona and Milan. Currently, he plays for Flamengo. He has been a member of his current team since January of 2011.
Ronaldinho experienced his greatest success as a member of Barcelona. During his time with the team, he earned the FIFA World Player of the Year award in two consecutive years. Barcelona was also very successful as a team during this time. At the end of his tenure with the club, he stated that his time with Barcelona represented the best five years of his life.
Internationally, Ronaldinho has experienced great success as a member of the Brazilian national team. As a member of the team, he has propelled himself and his teammates to many victories, though a World Cup championship has eluded him. The most recent World Cup, which was held in 2010 saw the Brazilian coach Dunga leave Ronaldinho off the roster. Since then, however, he has joined the team to help it win some friendly matches.