Football, which is also known as soccer, is played by over 240 million people in more than 200 countries.
Over the history of the world game, many players have risen to stardom and greatness. One such player is the famous Pelé, he is a former Brazilian football player who is regarded as one of the world’s greatest players of all time. In Brazil, he is THE national hero. In the world he has been officially declared as the soccer ambassador by FIFA. Other names he is commonly known as include “The King of Football” and “The King Pele”. He truly is the footballer of the century.
So what has Pele got to do with the name Ronaldo? Well in the 21st century the name Ronaldo is the most recognized name in the football world. Why? Thanks to the Brazilians we have again been gifted with 2 of the most talented players in the world, Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima and Ronaldo de Assis Moreira Ronaldinho. Together with Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro from Portugal, they all share the name Ronaldo and are the most respected players in the football world today. They are icons similar to Pele that most likely will never be forgotten.
About the 3 Ronaldos:
Cristiano Ronaldo was named after the former US president Ronald Reagan because he was his father’s favourite actor.He started playing football at the early age of 3 and by the time he was 17 he represented Portugal in the under 17 national team at the UEFA Under 17 championship. Ronaldo made his international debut in August 2003. He is now one of the most sort after players.
Ronaldinho means “little Ronaldo” in Portuguese and was originally initially a way of distinguishing him from his fellow Brazilian soccer star Ronaldo. In his childhood years his love and skill for the game began to flourish when he was playing futsal and beach football. Later on this grew into a love for the standard game and at the age of just 13 he was in the spot light when he scored all 23 goals in a 23-0 victory against a local team.
He was awarded the FIFA World Player of the Year award 2 times in a row in 2004 and 2005. Additionally he was also the European Footballer of the Year and the FIFPro World Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006.
Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima is know as one of the worlds greatest players. He is also known as “The Phenomenon” and was also named by the great Pele as one of the world’s greatest 125 players. At the age of 14 he was recommended for the Brazilian Youth Team and later was transferred for US$6 million to PSV Eindhoven.
So if your name is Ronaldo and you are a soccer player, chances are you will be looked upon with high expectations and will have to live up to the great name.