Inside Ronaldinho’s Brazil journey after first call-up when “dream started”

Brazilian legend Ronaldinho has been detailing his superb career for his national side less than a year before the 2022 World Cup.

The former Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona playmaker – considered one of the most skilful players to ever play – featured 97 times for his country, between 1997 – 2013, scoring 33 goals.

He helped his club win the Copa America in 1999, the 2002 World Cup, and FIFA Confederations Cup 2005.

And his 16 years playing for Canarinho certainly rubbed off on the dreadlocked star.

Ronaldinho, whose official app has the same name, said: “What does the yellow shirt mean to me? Wonderful memories, only good things.

"Since I was a boy we've always seen pictures of Pelé wearing Brazil's shirt, Garrincha wearing Brazil's shirt, Rivellino… these are my first memories.

"But watching Brazil win for the first time? It was the 1994 World Cup. That was my most vivid memory, to see Brazil becoming champions in 94. I remember the street party, the entire country was out celebrating because of football.

The 41-year-old continued: "At that time, I was already playing football. I was 14 years old.

"Everyone in my team dreamed of one day playing for the national team and winning a World Cup.

"Luckily I was one of the few who managed to do so.

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"My first call-up was when I was 15, a year after Brazil won the World Cup. That's when the dream started to get bigger.

"I had my first shot at the age groups, I just needed to keep working hard to get to the main squad. My way of thinking was always 'I will get there'.

"Soon after we won the under-17 World Cup, Brazil had never won the under-17 World Cup, we were the first group to do it. Now the dream was even closer, it was a wonderful time."

The coming World Cup will mark 20 years since Ronaldinho and his Brazil teammates lifted the prestigious trophy in Japan.

The tournament was notable for Ronaldinho’s goal in which he coasted the ball over England goalkeeper David Seaman to put Brazil 2-1 up and into the semifinals.

The official Ronaldinho app is now available to download on the App Store:

‎Ronaldinho App

And on Google Play:

Ronaldinho App – Apps on Google Play

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