Monday, January 13, 2014
ON THIS DAY IN FOOTBALL HISTORY, RONALDO DE LIMA SCORES LAST TWO GOALS IN EUROPE
On this day, 13th January 2008, Brazilian legend, Ronaldo De Li Ma scored his last two goals in European club competition as Milan beat Napoli 5-2.
He scored in the 15th and 46th minute, as he combined with his Brazilian compatriots duo of Kaká (68') and Alexandre Pato (74') and Clarence Seedorf (31) to dismantle the visiting side.
The striker, who started his career in Brazil with Cruzeiro from 1993, moved to Europe in 1994 to play for PSV. He spent two seasons there, followed by stints with Barcelona (1996-97), Inter Milan (1997-2002), and Real Madrid (2002-06) before joining AC Milan in the summer of 2006.
Along the way, he scored a total of 271 goals in Europe through the 2006-07 season, winning a European Golden Boot (1997) and two Ballons d'Or (1997, 2002).
Injuries and weight problems limited his playing time and effectiveness, holding him to six appearances and only two goals.on-ending knee injury one month later against Livorno, making those two goals against Napoli his only competitive scores of the season. Milan then released him that summer end of 2007/2008
The injury was potentially career-ending although he successfully underwent a rehabilitation and returned to the pitch in March 2009 for Corinthians and remained with the club until his retirement in February 2011.