The great Ronaldo, three time FIFA Player of the Year and World Cup winner with Brazil, has decided he will retire after the 2011 season. Personally, I do agree his best years are way behind him, but in his prime, I don’t think I have seen a better player. That includes Maradona, Zico or Zidane.
(Personally my order would be 1-Ronaldo, 2-Maradona, 3-Zidane and 4-Zico.)
When Ronaldo first joined Inter Milan, his combination of speed and power was unparalleled at that time. Three knee injuries robbed him of a lot of that speed, but the power remained and the football smarts made up for the lost pace.
O Fenômeno (The phenomenon) as he was dubbed by the Italian press, is the leading goal scorer in World Cup history, and wants to be included in Brazil’s team for South Africa. Whether he gets a chance to make it in another World Cup or not, his legacy is secure and he will be missed.