Nothing, nothing said “striker” growing up like Ronaldo. And, for this writer, no one claimed the identity of the canary Brazil jersey like the great #9.

And there was one curt word that described his play, “devastating.”

Teams would work so hard just to prevent him from getting the ball knowing what was coming next.

Reports say the great Brazilian Ronaldo is set to hang up the studs today.

For me, I’ll best remember Ronaldo’s international career as Brazil’s monumental place in World Cup and global football afforded more watching opportunities growing up.

The catastrophic 1998 seizure news, followed up by arguably his best World Cup performance–though not at his physical peak–in 2002 when he willed Brazil all the way.

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Soccernst on 2011/02/14 at 7:58 AM

    His dominance was amazing to behold. Reminds me of Jonah Lomu for his incredible determination to rise to the top, willing his team to the world cup podium, then bogged down by injury. One of the games greats!


  2. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/02/14 at 11:02 AM

    I will never forget the goal he scored for Barca (vs. ?) where he picked the ball up around the half way line, and was getting seriously hacked and having his shirt pulled. Even his then manager, Sir Bobby Robson, had his hands on his head in disbelief.

    Just imagine how powerful Barcelona would be if mid-90s Ronaldo was their No.9 today!


  3. I don’t think I’ve ever seen another player with his combination of power, speed, and touch on the ball under pressure. He was amazing. The bottom line was that he was a winner.

    I remember seeing him in Pasadena in ’94, dancing around after Brazil won the Cup. He’d been brought along (at 17) just to get a taste of the atmosphere. He was running around the field with a Brazil flag, ambushing the Brazilian stars like Romario and Bebeto, pulling the flag over their heads. They all treated him as you would a boisterous puppy.

    What a career he had. He’ll be missed.


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