Blisteringly quick, physically brutish but technically superior, Ronaldo was one of the most complete and devastating attackers in the history of football. His solitary season at Barcelona was astonishing. The Brazilian scored 47 goals in 51 matches as the Catalans won the Copa del Rey and UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and narrowly missed out on La Liga. He was just 19 when he joined them.
He won the Golden Ball as best player at the World Cup in France in 1998 but a seizure before the final saw him ‘sleepwalk’ through the match as France won 3-0. Serious injuries followed while at Inter but he came back to lead Brazil to World Cup glory in 2002.
Career highlight: His brace in the 2002 World Cup Final for Brazil against Germany sealed one of the game’s greatest comeback tales.