Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho was born Ronaldo de Assis Moreira on March 21,
1980, in Porto Alegre. He's named after fellow Brazilian soccer star Ronaldo.
His career began with the youth team Gremio in Porto Algere, and his first senior
appearance came in 1998 Libertadores Cup. In 2001, Ronaldinho left Gremio to play
European football and signed a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain, but
his manager Luis Fernandez claimed that he was too focused on the Paris nightlife
rather than on his football.
On July 19, 2003, he was traded to F.C. Barcelona for 18 million pounds and on
December 20, 2004, he was named FIFA World player of The Year. Ronaldinho also
plays for the Brazilian National team, and made his debut on June 26, 1999, against
Latvia, and won the 2002 World Cup with the team. He is married to dancer Janaina
Nattielle Viana Mendes, and they have a son named Joao.
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