Remember Brazil legend Ronaldo? He turned 43 and looks unrecognisable

Updated: Sep 23, 2019, 09:29 | Shawn.Dsouza
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    Ronaldo was born Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ronaldo's parents separated when he was 11 years of age. Ronaldo has a younger brother Nelio Jr.

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    Ronaldo was nicknamed 'El Fenomeno' which means The Phenomenon. He is considered to be one of the greatest footballers in history.

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    Ronaldo is known for his fine speed in dribbling the ball as well as the clinical finishers he would post.

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    In 1993, at the age of 16, Ronaldo began his career in football when he played for Cruzeiro. He played a total of 14 matches with 12 goals.

    In the 1990s, Ronaldo played for clubs such as Barcelona, Cruzeiro, PSV and Inter Milan. Ronaldo played for Barcelona between 1996-97 in 37 matches scoring 34 goals.

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    In the next five years up to 2002, Ronaldo played for Inter Milan in 68 matches with 49 goals to his name.

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    Ronaldo played for Real Madrid from 2002 to 2007. He went on to play 127 matches and score 83 goals during his time at the club.

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    Following his departure from Real Madrid, Ronaldo went on to play for AC Milan and Corinthians. 

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    Ronaldo has played a total of 343 games and scored 247 goals in his club career.

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    Ronaldo made his debut for the Brazil national team in 1994 and went on to play until 2011. 

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    Ronaldo played 98 international matches and has scored 62 goals.

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    Ronaldo is the second-highest goalscorer in FIFA World Cup history. He has scored 15 goals for Brazil in the 3 World Cup appearances he made.

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    Ronaldo is also the second-highest goalscorer of all time for Brazil behind Pele.

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    Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or on two occasions - 1997 and 2002

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    During the 1998 World Cup, Ronaldo won the Golden Ball as he took Brazil into the finals where they lost to France.

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    Ronaldo was part of the famous three along with Rivaldo and Ronaldinho during the 2002 World Cup. Ronaldo was the highest goalscorer with 8 goals in the tournament

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    Ronaldo with his Real Madrid teammate and France legend Zinedine Zidane

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    On the personal front, Ronaldo married Brazilian model-actress Susana Werner  in 1997 but the couple never got married and parted ways in 1999

  • Ronaldo, Usain Bolt

    Ronaldo with sprint king Usain Bolt

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    Ronaldo with another former Brazil star player Ronaldinho during a training session

  • Ronaldo, David Beckham

    Ronaldo and former Real Madrid striker and England footballer David Beckham

  • Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos

    Ronaldo and his Brazilian teammate Roberto Carlos share a hearty laugh

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    Then and Now: When Ronaldo caught up with David Beckham and Roberto Carlos

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    In April 1999, Ronaldo got married to Milene Domingues, a Brazilian footballer. The couple split in 2003.

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    Ronaldo then went on to marry model and TV host Daniela Cicarelli in a luxury wedding but their marriage that lasted only three months.

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    Ronaldo later went on to get engaged to Maria Beatriz Antony. The couple have two daughters together and currently reside in Sao Paulo

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    Ronaldo and his better half Maria Beatriz Antony caught in a romantic moment stealing a kiss

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    Ronaldo is one of the most gifted players on the field in football but is also one of the most caring and kind persons off the field.

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About The Gallery

Brazilian football great Ronaldo celebrated his 43rd birthday this week on September 18. The former forward, who is known as a FIFA World Cup legend is busy enjoying his retired life with family and friends. We take a look at some fun pictures on his Instagram. (Pics/ Ronaldo Instagram)