Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima

He was the player who defined an era and revolutionised modern football. Luis Nazario De Lima – Ronaldo to us all – was the first No.9 who combined striking instinct with the dribbling prowess of a No.10 and the speed of a 100m sprinter. Blessed with limitless class and imperious physical strength, Ronaldo was fittingly nicknamed O Fenomeno. Born in Rio de Janeiro on 18 September 1976, Ronaldo exploded onto the scene at Cruzeiro before moving to European football with PSV in 1994, at the age of just 18. By that point, the Brazilian was already a World Cup winner (albeit without playing in the USA in 1994). His star continued to rise at Barcelona before a move to Inter, where he played from 1997 to 2002, winning the UEFA Cup along the way. Ronaldo played at Real Madrid from 2002 to 2007, before moving back to Italy with AC Milan and rounding off his career back in Brazil at Corinthians. Though his career was blighted by injury, O Fenomeno finished his career with 355 goals between club and country, two World Cup winners medals and three Ballon d’Or awards.