Brazilian master brings an end to his illustrious career.
The double World Cup winner who won 97 caps for Brazil and scored 62 international goals is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time. His playing career saw him represent some of the best teams in world football, donning the shirts of PSV, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and AC Milan.
The potential talent of the explosive Brazilian forward was not missed by the late Sir Bobby Robson who made him the most expensive footballer at the time, bringing him to Barcelona for close to £20 million; Ronaldo repaid him by scoring 47 goals in 49 games.
Though he only wore the maroon and blue stripes for one season, the Brazilian helped Barcelona lift the Cup Winners' Cup, Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup. On a personal level Ronaldo also claimed La Liga top scorer, became the youngest ever recipient of the FIFA World Player of the Year at the age of 20 and finished runner up in the Ballon d'Or.
Though the legend faded towards the end, do not remember him as a slow, overweight player involved in sex scandals. Forget the final part of his career and focus on the multitude of highlights—World Cup leading scorer of all time, three time World Player of the Year and by far and away the greatest striker of his generation. A player who would consistently receive a standing ovation from away supporters, Ronaldo is a diner at the table of the Football elite.