Years: 2001-15, free agent until 2018
Teams: Gremio (1998-2001), Paris Saint-Germain (2001-03), FC Barcelona (2003-08), AC Milan (2008-11), Flamengo (2011-12), Atletico Mineiro (2012-14), Queretaro (2014-15), Fluminese (2015)
Bottom line: What can one say about Ronaldinho? This soccer star was a class act. He was fortunate to play alongside some of Brazil’s biggest stars such as Luis Ronaldo, Cafu, Rivaldo and Roberto Carlos.
In his prime, Ronaldinho was known for his heroics with the national team and at the club level.
He is one of the most gifted attacking midfielders who ever graced a soccer field. He is a creative and attack-minded playmaker who can outsmart any opposition with his tricks, ball positioning, and clever passing. He is no doubt a soccer genius.
With Brazil, he’s won the World Cup once in 2002, and that tournament made him a global star. His best time in club competition was with FC Barcelona, where he won the Spanish La Liga twice and the UEFA Champions League.
He was also a mentor to Lionel Messi, who has now become a legend in his own right.
Ronaldinho also played for AC Milan and Paris Saint Germain and found success, but his time with Barcelona will never be forgotten. Whether it was scoring goals or creating them, he was tough to beat in his prime.