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Ronaldo

Ronaldo made his international debut for Brazil in 1994 against Argentina. He went on to be the top scorer during the 2002 World Cup, winning the Golden Boot after bagging eight goals.

india Updated: May 17, 2006 15:08 IST

 Current Club: Real Madrid
 Birth Date: September 22, 1976
 Birth Place: Bento Ribeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 Nickname: O Fenômeno
 Height: 183cm
 Weight: 80Kg
 Position: Forward
 Full Name: Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima

Ronaldo was born in Bento Ribeiro, a poor neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. Like many of his contemporaries, he began to play football in the streets of his neighbourhood. In 1982, he scored a goal against his neighborhood's biggest rivals, the Pico dela Mirandona Neighborhood District.

Ronaldo's footballing abilities were first recognised when he was 14. He was recommended to the Brazil youth team by World Cup winner Jairzinho, who also arranged for his own former club, Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, to sign the boy when he was old enough for a professional contract.

In 1993, at the age of 16, Ronaldo already had scored 59 goals in 57 matches for Brazil's under-17 squad. By 1994 he had joined the national senior squad, and was selected for the 1994 World Cup in the United States. He did not actually play in the tournament, as he served as an understudy to the duo of forwards Romário and Bebeto.

Ronaldo made his international debut for Brazil in 1994 against Argentina. He went on to be the top scorer during the 2002 World Cup, winning the Golden Boot after bagging eight goals, two of those in the final against Germany, and equaling Pelé's Brazilian record of 12 World Cup goals, after the four he scored in the 1998 tournament.

He is only two goals away from all time World cup scoring record currently held by Gerhard Müller - 14 goals. As of October 2005, he has scored 57 goals in 90 games.