Ronaldinho was the best player on the planet in the mid-2000s and routinely made the outrageous look easy. He was twice named FIFA World Player of the Year and led Barcelona to a couple of league titles and a Champions League victory in the five seasons he spent in Catalonia – all while Real Madrid were at the height of the Galactico era.
Possibly even more impressive than his enviable trophy haul was the smile he wore whilst playing – a man for whom football was a game to be enjoyed above all else. He would later emulate his best days at Atletico Mineiro in their victorious Copa Libertadores campaign.
Won the 2002 World Cup as part a formidable trio with Ronaldo and Rivaldo dubbed by Brazilian commentator Galvao Bueno as ‘the three Rs’.