Ronaldinho’s debut for Brazil – Who were his teammates and where are they now?

One of the most skilful footballers to have ever graced the game is Brazil’s Ronaldinho who made his international debut against Latvia in a friendly tie on June 26, 1999, at the Joaquim Americo Stadium in Curitiba, Brazil.

Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo and Alex were on target for the Selecao as they outclassed Latvia 3-0. Ronaldinho was handed a start by Brazil coach Wanderley Luxemburgo on his debut and he played for the entirety of the 90 minutes.

Thereafter Ronaldinho went on to play for 14 years and appeared in 97 matches for Brazil where he scored 33 goals.

Let us take a look at the players who had played alongside Ronaldinho on his international debut.

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Dida – GK

Dida played at AC Milan for 10 years winning the Champions League twice and one Serie A. He appeared in 91 international matches for Brazil in 11 years and won one Copa America, one World Cup and two Confederation Cup titles. He retired from professional football in 2015 after spending a season at Brazilian club Internacional. After retirement, Dida went back to AC Milan where he initially served as the goalkeeping coach of the U17 side. In the 2020-21 season, he was promoted as one of the goalkeeping coaches of the senior team.
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Antonio Carlos – DF

The defender played the majority of his professional career in Brazil and played for top clubs like Sao Paulo, Fluminense and Atletico Paranaense. He currently plays for Brasiliense in Brazil.

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Cafu – DF

The legendary defender played for clubs like AS Roma and AC Milan. At Milan, Cafu had won the Champions League in the 2006-07 season. With Brazil, Cafu won the World Cup twice (1994 and 2002) and was the captain of the Brazilian side at the 2002 World Cup. Cafu retired from professional football in 2008. He is currently one of the legacy ambassadors of the Qatar World Cup 2022.

Odvan, Brazil

Odvan – DF

Odvan spent the majority of his professional career in Brazil where he played for clubs like Vasco Da Gama, Santos and Fluminense. He retired from professional football in 2013.
Roberto Carlos

Roberto Carlos – DF

One of the greatest defenders of all time, Roberto Carlos played for giants like Inter Milan and Real Madrid. His career as a professional footballer ended in India at Delhi Dynamos where he had joined as a player-manager in 2015. After his Dynamos stint, he retired from professional football. Carlos has won the World Cup twice (1994 and 2002) with Brazil.

Before Delhi Dynamos, Carlos had worked as a manager at Russian club Anzi Makhachkala and Turkish clubs Sivasspor and Akhisarspor.

Alexsandro de Souza, Brazil

Alexsandro de Souza, Brazil – MF

Alexsandro de Souza spent most of his professional career in Brazil. He retired in 2014 after spending a season at Coritiba. He won Copa America twice (1999 and 2004) with Brazil. Since April 5, 2021, Alexsandro has been serving the Sao Paulo U20 team as their head coach,
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Emerson – MF

The defensive midfielder played for top European clubs like Juventus, Real Madrid and AC Milan. With Brazil, he won a Copa America and a Confederations Cup title. In 2016, Emerson retired from professional football after spending a season with MLS side Miami Dade FC.
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Ronaldinho – MF

The Brazil and FC Barcelona legend is one of the finest footballers to have ever graced the game. Ronaldinho won the Champions League with Barcelona in the 2005-06 season and was an integral part of Brazil’s World Cup-winning team in 2002. In January 2018 ,Ronaldinho announced his retirement from professional football.
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Ze Roberto

Ze Roberto played for giants like Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in his career and had won the Champions League in the 1997-1998 season with the Spanish giants. He was also an integral part of the World Cup-winning squad of Brazil. He retired in 2017 after spending two seasons at Brazilian club Palmeiras.
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Vampeta – MF

The midfielder played for clubs like PSV Eindhoven, Inter Milan and PSG. He won the World Cup in 2002 with Brazil. Vampeta retired from professional football in 2008.

Post retirement, Vampeta managed Sao Paulo’s third and fourth division clubs Nacional SP and Gremio Osasco in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

Ronaldo Brazil 2002

Ronaldo – FW

One of the greatest strikers to have graced the game, Ronaldo played for European giants like Inter Milan, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and AC Milan. Ronaldo retired from professional football in 2011. With Brazil he won two World Cups (1994 and 2002).

In 2018, the legendary striker became the majority owner of Spanish second division side Real Valladolid in September 2018, after buying 51 per cent of the club’s shares for a total amount of €30m.

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