On This Day In 1997, Ronaldo Won His First Ballon D'Or
On this day in 1997, Ronaldo Nazario won the first of two Ballon d'Ors in his glittering career.
R9 had joined Inter Milan from Barcelona in a then-world record fee just a few months prior and scooped the award by an absolute landslide - garnering a whopping 222 points, 154 more than runner-up Predrag Mijatović of Atletico Madrid and 159 more than his future teammate Zinedine Zidane.
Ronaldo, having only recently turned 21, became the youngest ever winner of the coveted award and the record is still yet to be beaten.
He broke the world transfer record twice before his 21st birthday.
Based on currency fluctuation, he'd be the most expensive player in history at €433m.
On this day in 1997, Ronaldo became the youngest-ever recipient of the Ballon d'Or, a record that still stands. pic.twitter.com/CoYh5JGHk5
- FourFourTweet (@FourFourTweet) December 23, 2018
On this day in 1997, Ronaldo won the first of two Ballons d'Or :trophy: pic.twitter.com/zpc5jqlLWn
- B/R Football (@brfootball) December 23, 2018
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Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or aged just 21 years old.
- Football Remind (@FootballRemind) December 23, 2018
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The legendary Brazilian scored a silly 47 goals in 49 games in the 1996/97 season for Barcelona before departing to Inter for €28 million and went on to claim his second Ballon d'Or five years later when he returned to Spain with Real Madrid.
At club level, O Fenomeno scored 352 goals, as well as bagging 62 in 98 for the Selecao - who he won the World Cup with in 2002.
Neymar may be the most expensive player in football history at present after his €222 million (£196 million) transfer to PSG, but if you take inflation into account, it's the Brazilian sensation that came before him who is at the top of the pile.
:moneybag: According to a study undertaken by Play Ratings - taking currency fluctuation into account, the most expensive player in history would be Ronaldo Nazário at €433m...- FourFourTweet (@FourFourTweet) March 21, 2018
:flag_br: O Fenômeno... pic.twitter.com/xyDJModaYD
A study from Play Ratings uncovered that, with fluctuating currency being considered, Ronaldo's big-money move from Barcelona to Inter Milan would be worth a staggering €433 million in the current market.
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