Ronaldo #9 Cruzeiro (Brazil) Match Worn Shirt for Copa Libertadores 1994. Museum piece.
Provenance: Former Conmebol Copa Libertadores 1994 Official Member.
Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima was born 18 September 1976, commonly known as Ronaldo, is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a striker. Popularly dubbed "El Fenomeno" (The Phenomenon), he is widely considered one of the greatest players of all time. As a multi-functional striker who brought a new dimension to the position, he has been the influence for a generation of strikers that have followed. Ronaldo won three FIFA World Player of the Year awards, two Ballon d'Or's, a UEFA Club Footballer of the Year and a European Golden Shoe. Ronaldo started his career at Cruzeiro and moved to PSV in 1994, where he won his first FIFA World Player of the Year award at 20 years old, making him the youngest player to win the award. He subsequently joined Barcelona the next season for a then world record fee before Inter Milan also broke the world record fee to sign Ronaldo the following season; his moves to Spain and Italy made him only the second player, after Diego Maradona, to break the world transfer record twice, also before his 21st birthday. By 23, Ronaldo had scored over 200 goals for club and country, however after a series of knee injuries and recuperation he was inactive for almost three years. Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2002 and won the La Liga title. He had spells at A.C. Milan and Corinthians before retiring in 2011 having suffered further injuries. Ronaldo played for Brazil in 98 matches, scoring 62 goals, and is the second-highest goalscorer for his national team, trailing only Pelé. At age 17, Ronaldo was the youngest member of the Brazilian squad that won the 1994 FIFA World Cup. At the 1998 FIFA World Cup, he received the Golden Ball for player of the tournament, helping Brazil reach the final where he suffered a convulsive fit hours before the defeat to France. He won a second FIFA World Cup in 2002 where he starred in a front three with Ronaldinho and Rivaldo. Ronaldo scored twice in the final, and received the Golden Boot as the tournament's top goalscorer. At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Ronaldo scored his 15th FIFA World Cup goal, which was a FIFA World Cup record at the time. He also won the 1997 Copa América, where he was player of the tournament, and the 1999 Copa América, where he was top goalscorer. One of the most marketable sportsmen in the world during his football career, the first Nike Mercurial boots–R9–were commissioned for Ronaldo in 1998. He was named in the FIFA 100 list of the greatest living players compiled in 2004 by Pelé, and was inducted into the Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame, Italian Football Hall of Fame, Inter Milan Hall of Fame and Real Madrid Hall of Fame. Post-retirement, Ronaldo has continued his work as a United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador, a position to which he was appointed in 2000. He served as an ambassador for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Ronaldo became the majority owner of La Liga club Real Valladolid in September 2018 after buying 51% of the club's shares.
Shirt details: Finta trademark. Size L. Made in Brazil. Cruzeiro shield and Finta logo stamped in felt/flock material. Coca Cola sponsor stamped in felt/flock material. Number stamped in felt/flock material. See photos for more details!