Ronaldo Nazario is not often given the respect he deserves.
Sure, he’s renowned as one of the game’s greatest ever strikers, but the magical Brazilian was far more than just one of the greats.
In terms of pure talent, he is arguably the greatest centre-forward to have played the game and had it not been for injuries, he could have been the undisputed GOAT.
But even with his litany of serious knee injuries, Ronaldo managed to score goals and assist them for fun.
In 177 games for Real Madrid, he scored 104 goals and assisted 34 more, while he notched 47 goals and assisted seven in his 49 games with Barcelona.
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- Footage of a 19-year-old Ronaldo playing for Brazil at the 1996 Olympics
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His overall goal record stands at 414 in just 616 appearances for club and country.
Simply outrageous numbers, but perhaps Ronaldo’s greatest ever asset was his magical footwork.
Despite standing at 6’0″, the Brazilian had the balance and skill of Lionel Messi, making defenders look like fools on a regular basis.
A short 47-second video has gone viral on social media highlighting Ronaldo’s ‘magical feet’ and it is the best thing you will see today.
How on earth does he do it?! The ball seems glued to his feet and at times, he almost looks like a cheat code on FIFA.
Ever since his retirement, the footballing world has been itching to find the ‘next Ronaldo’, but that has proved to be incredibly tough.
Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe is perhaps the best heir to Ronaldo’s throne available right now, with the Frenchman combining pace and power to devastating effect.
However, even the mercurial 20-year-old can’t mirror the flair and effortless superiority that the Brazilian oozed every time he took to the pitch.
If any statistic sums up how far ahead of the curve Ronaldo was, it’s this: Throughout his career, he scored 88 goals by knocking the ball round the goalkeeper.