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A Compilation Of Ronaldo Nazario Rounding Goalkeepers

A Compilation Of Ronaldo Nazario Rounding Goalkeepers

Ronaldo Nazario was an absolute master when one-on-one with the goalkeeper, so much that it's believed 11 per cent of his career 414 goals were scored as a result of rounding the man between the sticks.

The two-time Ballon d'Or winner's incredible close control and composure allowed him to regularly make a fool of goalkeepers when they tried to dive at his feet.

And someone made a five-minute-long compilation of Ronaldo just doing that. Whether it was playing for PSV, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid or Brazil, the result was always the same: goalkeeper sat down and the ball in the back of the net.

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The balance, the faints, the shimmies; it's pure poetry in motion stuff from one of the finest to ever play the game.

Fellow Brazilian legend Kaka said he was the best player he ever played with, Jose Mourinho has gone on record to state that R9 was better than the rest - while six-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi is also a great admirer.

"Ronaldo [Nazario] was a phenomenon, Of all the strikers I ever saw, he was the best," Messi said in an interview with AS.

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"He was seriously impressive."

By the age of 23, he had become the most expensive player in world football on two occasions - with over 200 goals in his career.

Image: PA
Image: PA

His achievements could have been even more incredible had he stayed clear of the persistent knee injuries that took their toll on his body.

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Still, Ronaldo would be the most expensive player in football history if you take inflation into account.

A fresh study from Play Ratings has uncovered that, with fluctuating currency being considered, Ronaldo's €28 million move from Barcelona to Inter Milan in 1997 would be worth a staggering €433 million in the current market.

Topics: Goalkeepers, Ronaldo Nazario, Football News, Football, Brazil

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Josh is a sports journalist who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.