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Throwback to the Time Brazil Legend Ronaldo Was Known as Ronaldinho During 1996 Olympic Games

Arjun Singh Devgan
Ronaldo Luiz Nazario de Lima is widely considered as the greatest striker in the history of football
Ronaldo Luiz Nazario de Lima is widely considered as the greatest striker in the history of football / CHRIS BERNACCHI/Getty Images
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Ronaldo Nazario is widely considered to be one of the greatest strikers in the history of the sport, with the Brazilian creating/breaking numerous records during his career, while also winning two Ballon d'Or awards and three FIFA World Player of the Year honours.

While he is simply just known as Ronaldo among fans the world over, there was a time during the start of his international career that he was actually called Ronaldinho, wearing the name on the back of his shirt.

The footballing legend took part in the 1996 Olympic Games at the age of just 19, wearing the number 18 shirt with Ronaldinho, or little Ronaldo, on his back only because defender, Ronaldo Guiaro wore Ronaldo on his shirt.

However despite that not being his real name, he did not let it affect it as he scored five goals, including a winner against Nigeria in the Group Stage to take the South Americans through, leading his country to the Bronze medal.

Soon though he would ensure that the Ronaldo name was on the back of the shirt, and it was under this name he was known throughout his legendary career that saw him win trophies in Holland, Spain, Italy and his native Brazil - and also leading his country to the 2002 World Cup title.

He eventually finished his career, netting 352 goals at club level and 62 for his country - with many who saw him play believing that he would have ended up as the best striker in the history of football, if not for the numerous injuries he suffered.

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