One of the main reasons Brazil is a football country pure sang is Ronaldo, also named R9, The Phenomenon. His full name is Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima. The striker started his career at Cruzeiro, where he scored 12 goals in 14 matches in the 1993-1994 season. A year later, he went to Europe and started playing for PSV in the Eredivisie. In 46 games, he scored 42 goals. In 1996 he left PSV to play for Barcelona in La Liga, where he played one season and scored 34 goals in 37 matches. In 1997 he started playing for Inter Milan in the Serie A (till 2002). He scored 49 goals in 68 appearances. After that, he went to Real Madrid, where he played from 2002 to 2007 and scored 83 goals in 127 games. His last club in Europe was AC Milan, where he played from 2007-to 2008 and scored nine goals in 20 appearances. Next, he went to Corinthians to score 18 goals in 31 appearances in his last seasons (2009-2011). Ronaldo broke the record for paid transfer fees twice. He is the youngest player to receive the Fifa World Player of the Year award. Besides that, he won the Ballon d’Or twice and became the World Champion with Brazil in 1994 and 2002. The Copa América was won twice as well, in 1997 and 1999.
We will look at some other Brazilian football legends down below.
But first, we go to the Brazilian national football team. The Canarinho is the number one team in the Fifa Rankings. The biggest win was a 10-0 win over Bolivia in 1949 and a 9-0 win over Colombia in 1957. The most significant loss is a 6-0 defeat versus Uruguay and a 1-7 defeat against Germany in 2014 at the World Cup in Brazil. The Brazilian team was active at the World Cup 22 times. The record for most caps is on the name of Cafu with 142 caps, and the all-time top scorer is Pelé. The World Cup was won on five occasions, and the Copa América was won nine times.
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Edson Arantes Do Nascimento, better known as Pelé, is seen as one of the greatest players of all time. The government of Brazil saw Pelé as a national treasure and made sure Pelé could not transfer to one of the big European clubs. Pelé became a world champion with Brazil three times and won Brazilian player of the year nine times. The Olympic committee chose Pelé as athlete of the century in 1999.
Garrincha’s full name is Manuel Francisco dos Santos. One of the best players in Brazil ever. He won the Ballon d’Or in 1962 and was chosen as the number four South American player ever. Besides that, he won the World Cup with Brazil in 1958 and 1962.
Other outstanding Brazilian football players are Ronaldinho, Zico, Sócrates and many more.
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You did not think only the men in Brazil play football, right? The women were the runners-up in the World Cup of 2007 and the Olympic games of 2004 and 2008. The Copa América was won seven times by the Brazilian Women’s national team.