Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1976, Ronaldo joined Barça in 1996 from PSV Eindhoven, as an outstandingly promising young striker
Portrait of Ronaldo
- Seasons at the club: 1996-97 - Games played: 51 - Goals scored: 47 - Titles: 1 Cup Winners Cup (1996/97) 1 Copa del Rey (1996/97) 1 Spanish Super Cup (1996/97)
He was only at the club for one season, but certainly proved his worth, scoring 47 goals in 51 games, the kind of stats you rarely see in the modern game.
The ‘Phenomenon’ was an uncommonly burly player, with sublime skills, a powerful sprint and a fantastic finish. In the 1996-97 season, under Bobby Robson he helped Barça to a Cup Winners Cup, the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup, and the goals he scored in Compostela and at the Camp Nou against Valencia were nothing short of sheer brilliance.
At only 20 years of age, he looked destined for big things at Barça, but an unfortunate series of episodes involving the Board of Directors and his own agents led to him leaving for Inter Milan.