Sport Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldinho explains how his childhood dog made him a better footballer

22:50  11 january  2017
22:50  11 january  2017 Source:   Tech Insider

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Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldinho penned a "Letter To My Younger Self" for Derek Jeter's "The Players' Tribune" and told a fantastic story about playing soccer as a child with his dog , Bombom. The letter is a look back at Ronaldinho 's storied career which included winning the World Cup in 2002 and winning the Ballon d'Or in 2005 as the world's top footballer . He also writes about growing up in a rough section of Porto Alegre in Brazil .

A one-name wonder, Ronaldinho was born Ronaldo de Assis Moreira , and is known by the Portuguese-language diminutive of his given name, meaning "Little Ronald" to distinguish him from Ronaldo, a slightly older Brazilian soccer star. In February of 2005 he became a father for the first time when his son—named João in honor of his late father—was born to a former paramour, Brazilian television personality Janaína Nattielle Viana Mendes. In press interviews, he often expresses gratitude, realizing how few players ever make it to the top echelon of any sport.

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Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldinho penned a "Letter To My Younger Self" for Derek Jeter's "The Players' Tribune" and told a fantastic story about playing soccer as a child with his dog, Bombom.

The letter is a look back at Ronaldinho's storied career which included winning the World Cup in 2002 and winning the Ballon d'Or in 2005 as the world's top footballer.

He also writes about growing up in a rough section of Porto Alegre in Brazil. It was there that Ronaldinho first began to hone his skills and that his dog had a lot to do with it.

You see, people get tired, but according to Ronaldinho, Bombom was "a tireless defender."

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How did Ronaldinho become famous? Ronaldinho (full name Ronaldo de Assis Moreira ) is a Brazilian football ( soccer ) player known as Ronaldinho Gaúcho, or simply " Ronaldinho ". Ronaldinho has risen to fame because of his spectacular football playing, along the way earning the FIFA World Player of the Year award twice, and the European Footballer of the Year award and the FIFPro World Player of the Year award once.

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"Where you live in Porto Alegre, there are drugs and gangs and that kind of stuff around. It’s going to be tough, but as long as you are playing football — on the street, at the park, with your dog — you will feel safe.

Yes, I said your dog, by the way. He’s a tireless defender.

You’ll play with [your older brother] Roberto. You’ll play with other kids and older guys at the park. But eventually everyone will get tired — and you will want to keep playing. So make sure you always take your dog, Bombom, out with you. Bombom is a mutt. A real Brazilian dog. And even Brazilian dogs love football. He’ll be great practice for dribbling and skills … and maybe the first casualty of the “Elastico.”

Years from now, when you are playing in Europe, a few defenders will remind you of Bombom."

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Ronaldinho is a Brazilian footballer regarded as one of the best players of his generation. This biography of Ronaldinho provides detailed information about his childhood , life, achievements, works & timeline. He first caught the media’s attention when as a 13 year old he scored all 23 goals in a 23–0 victory against a local team. Identified as a rising star, he made his senior side debut during the 1998 Copa Libertadores and eventually signed a five-year contract with French side Paris Saint-Germain in 2001.

For those not familiar, the "elastico" — which is also called the "flip flap" — refers to Ronaldinho's signature dribbling move in which he would fake one way and then pull the ball back as if it were attached to a rubber band. By the time the defender knew what happened, Ronaldinho was gone in the other direction.

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