In case you haven’t noticed, Ronaldo is one of our favourite players of all time – and we’ve collected some of the best tributes to the former Barcelona, Inter, Real Madrid and AC Milan striker.
Dubbed ‘O Fenomeno’, Ronaldo certainly lived up to the billing as a prodigiously talented youngster, establishing himself as one of the most thrilling goalscorers in the history of the game.
Debilitating injuries went on to curtail his career, but there were always reminders of the brilliance which saw him light up the 1998 World Cup in France and fire Brazil to glory four years later.
In total, Ronaldo scored 62 goals in 98 caps for the Selecao, becoming the top scorer in World Cup history in the process – although his record was later broken by Miroslav Klose.
At club level, he scored over 350 goals, winning a host of both collective and individual honours, including Ballon d’Or twice.
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But reducing Ronaldo to statistics would be completely wrong.
Like few other players, he elicited sheer joy in those fortunate enough to watch him nutmeg a defender, dribble past six more, stick the goalkeeper on his arse and then roll the ball into the back of an empty net.
So we’ll leave it to those who know him best, his fellow team-mates and professionals, to describe his genius.
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