Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, commonly known as Ronaldinho or Ronaldinho GaÃºcho, is a Brazilian footballer. His main playing position is as an attacking midfielder or forward. He won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2004 and 2005. Renowned for his technique, tricks, dribbling, overhead kicks, no-look passes and free kicks, Ronaldinho is widely regarded to be one of the best footballers of his generation.
"Ronaldinho", the diminutive and term of endearment for "Ronaldo", is accompanied in Brazilian usage by the nickname "GaÃºcho", in order to distinguish him from fellow footballer and countryman Ronaldo, who was known as "Ronaldinho" in Brazil beforehand. Ronaldo simply went by his first name upon his move to Europe, thereby allowing Ronaldinho to drop the "GaÃºcho" and go by the name Ronaldinho abroad.
Ronaldinho has played 97 matches and scored 33 goals for the Brazil national football team. He was an integral part of the 2002 FIFA World Cup winning team, starring alongside Ronaldo and Rivaldo in an attacking trio, and was named in the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team.
At club level, prior to his move to AtlÃ©tico Mineiro, Ronaldinho played for GrÃªmio, Paris Saint-Germain, FC Barcelona, Milan and Flamengo. With Barcelona, he won the UEFA Champions League in 2006 and the Ballon d'Or in 2005. He became a Spanish citizen in January 2007. He was named to the FIFA 100, a list of the greatest footballers compiled by fellow countryman PelÃ©, and to the FIFPro World XI consecutively from 2004â€“2007.