• Happy 40th birthday, El Fenomeno! The real Ronaldo is the greatest No.9 in history ( SEE WHY)

    Happy 40th birthday, El Fenomeno! The real Ronaldo is the greatest No.9 in history ( SEE WHY)

    It is a terrible shame that the weight issues that plagued the striker in his later years have come to define the most electrifying goalscorer the game has ever seen.

    In December 1992, San Cristovao coach Roberto Gaglianone told the press that the 16-year-old youth team striker that had just left the club for Cruzeiro was going to be Brazil’s next No.9.

    “‘He’s going to play in the 1998 World Cup,’” he declared. “They asked me his name and I said, ‘Ronaldo.’” […]