Rio de Janeiro native Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima was a member of the Brazil squad that lifted the 1994 FIFA World Cup USA™. Over the course of 19 games at the subsequent three world finals, Ronaldo became the tournament’s all-time leading scorer with 15 goals.
After being sidelined with knee injuries for most of 2000 and '01, the striker showed what perseverance and self-belief can achieve at Korea/Japan 2002. There, he not only claimed the top scorer award with eight goals, but netted two in the Final against Germany to fire A Seleção to their fifth world title.
Named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1996, 1997 and 2002, O Fenômeno also starred at France 1998 (where he finished runner-up) and Germany 2006, as well as being part of the FIFA Confederations Cup-winning side of 1997.
Ronaldo spent the bulk of his playing career in Europe following an initial move from Cruzeiro to PSV in 1994. Lining up for continental heavyweights Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, the striker amassed an array of silverware before returning home in 2009 to join Corinthians, with whom he won that year’s Campeonato Paulista and Copa do Brasil.