Ronaldo Nazario Career Stats: Total Career Analysis 1993-2011

Ronaldo Nazario Career Stats: Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima is a former Brazilian soccer player and currently hold Spanish citizenship since 2005. He was born on September 22, 1976, in Rio de Janeiro.

He started his professional career with Cruzeiro Belo Horizonte when he was just 16 years old in 1993. At 17, he moved to Europe and played for PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands for two seasons. In 1996, he joined FC Barcelona in Spain and was named FIFA World Player of the Year. He had a successful season, becoming the top scorer in the Primera División and winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup. Afterward, he went to Inter Milan in Italy, where he won the FIFA World Player of the Year award again in 1997 and the Ballon d’Or for Europe’s Footballer of the Year. He was nicknamed “Il Fenomeno” by the Italian press during his time at Inter Milan.

From 1998 to 2002, Ronaldo faced several serious knee injuries and played in only a few games. However, he made a remarkable comeback during the 2002 World Cup, where he showcased his skills. After the World Cup, he joined Real Madrid and was part of their “Galactic” team. He won FIFA World Player of the Year for the third time and the Ballon d’Or for the second time. Ronaldo won the World Cup in 2002 with Brazil and the Spanish championship in 2003 while at Real Madrid.

After dealing with injuries and a thyroid disease that caused weight gain in the 2005/06 season, Ronaldo returned to Milan in January 2007, joining AC Milan. He later ended his career with Corinthians São Paulo in January 2009.

Starting in 1994, Ronaldo, played 98 games for the Brazilian national team and scored 62 goals. He’s the third-highest goalscorer for Brazil, behind Pelé and Neymar, who have 77 and 79 goals each. Ronaldo won the 1994 World Cup as a 17-year-old but didn’t play much. In the 1998 World Cup, he scored four goals but Brazil lost to France in the final. There was controversy around his health at that time. In the 2002 World Cup, Ronaldo led Brazil to victory with eight goals, including two in the final against Germany. He became the top scorer.

In the 2006 World Cup, Brazil got knocked out in the quarter-finals, and Ronaldo scored three goals, becoming the all-time top World Cup goalscorer with 15 goals. However, Miroslav Klose later surpassed his record in the 2014 World Cup. Ronaldo also won the Copa América in 1997 and 1999 and the Confederations Cup in 1997 with the Brazilian national team. He wasn’t called up to the national team after the 2006 World Cup. Ronaldo retired in 2011 and had a farewell appearance in a friendly match five years after his last international game.

Ronaldo Nazario Career Stats

Ronaldo Nazario, also known as “R9”, is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time. His career stats are simply astonishing. He scored 414 goals in 616 appearances for clubs and country.

Real Madrid17710435
Inter Milan995910
PSV Eindhoven57547
FC Barcelona494713
Sport Club Corinthians Paulista69356
AC Milan2095
Cruzeiro Esporte Clube4744
Brazil99 6225

Ronaldo Nazario Goal and Assists With Cruzeiro (1993–1994)

Ronaldo Nazario began his professional career with Cruzeiro in 1993 when he was just 16 years old. In his debut season, he played in 47 games and managed to score 44 goals.


Ronaldo Nazario Goal and Assists With PSV (1994–1996)

After making his international debut with the Brazilian national team in 1994 and participating in the World Cup in the USA that same year, European clubs started showing interest in him. Although top Italian clubs Juventus Turin and AC Milan were interested, he decided to join the prominent Dutch club PSV Eindhoven. This decision was influenced by his national team colleague Romário. The transfer cost about 4.9 million euros. At that time, this was the highest amount ever paid for a Brazilian player.

UEFA-Cup (- 2009)792
KNVB beker431

Ronaldo played for PSV Eindhoven from 1994 to 1996, where he became a highly sought-after striker, scoring an impressive 54 goals in 57 competitive games.

Ronaldo Nazario Goal and Assists With Barcelona (1996–1997)

As a result of his impressive performances, Ronaldo became a highly sought-after player for many top European clubs. He eventually made a move to FC Barcelona in the Spanish Primera División in 1996, for a transfer fee of approximately 15 million euros.

Even though he spent only a year with Barcelona, he had a highly successful stint there and began his journey to becoming a global soccer superstar. Ronaldo scored an astonishing 47 goals in 49 competitive games during his time with the club. Coach Bobby Robson designed a playing system tailored to Ronaldo, with him as the central forward, supported by wingers Luis Enrique and Luis Figo.

Ronaldo made a significant impact, including scoring the winning goal in the final of the European Cup Winners’ Cup against defending champions Paris Saint-Germain. He also became the top scorer in the 1996/97 season, winning the Pichichi Trophy with 34 goals.

During his time at Barcelona, Ronaldo was named FIFA World Player of the Year twice in 1996 and 1997, and received the Ballon d’Or as “Europe’s Footballer of the Year” in 1997. Remarkably, he became the youngest player ever to receive both of these prestigious awards at that time.

UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (-1999)751
Copa del Rey461

Ronaldo Nazario Goal and Assists With Inter Milan (1997–2002)

In the 1997/98 season, Ronaldo made a move to the historic Italian club Inter Milan. Inter’s president, Massimo Moratti, had a goal to break the national dominance of Juventus Turin and AC Milan and secure their first championship title since 1989.

UEFA Champions League612
UEFA-Cup (- 2009)1661
Serie A68497
Play-Out Serie A1
Italy Cup83

At the start of the season, Inter looked like they could challenge Juventus, but they gradually fell behind, ultimately finishing as runners-up in the league. However, they did win the UEFA Cup. Ronaldo himself had a fantastic season, finishing as the second-highest scorer in the league, with Oliver Bierhoff taking the top spot. The Italian press nicknamed him “Il Fenomeno” (The Phenomenon).

The following season was a disaster for Inter Milan. They finished in eighth place in the league and failed to qualify for the European Cup. Ronaldo faced minor injuries for the first time in his career during this season, playing only 19 games and scoring 14 goals.

In the 1999/2000 season, Ronaldo’s injury troubles continued as he seriously injured his right knee in November 1999. He attempted a comeback four months later but had to leave the game after just six minutes due to pain, with the ligaments in his right knee torn again. There were concerns about the future of his young career at this point.

After a grueling 17 months of rehabilitation, Ronaldo made another comeback on September 20, 2001, in the UEFA Cup against Romanian club FC Brașov. With Ronaldo’s contribution in the second half of the 2001/02 season, scoring seven goals in ten games, Inter remained in contention for the league title until the final matchday. However, they lost their first-place position in the table to Juventus Turin due to a 2-4 defeat against Lazio Rome on the last matchday. With Inter Milan 1997 to 2002 he scored 59 goals and provided 10 assists in 99 appearances.

Ronaldo Nazario Goal and Assists With Real Madrid (2002–2007)

After his impressive performance at the World Cup, Ronaldo faced disappointment from Inter Milan fans. Real Madrid, a star-studded team, wanted to sign other top players like Luís Figo in 2000 and Zinédine Zidane in 2001. As a result, Inter Milan let Ronaldo go, and he joined Real Madrid for a whopping 45 million euros. Ronaldo became part of the exceptional Los Galacticos team, which was created by club president Florentino Pérez and included Figo, Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Iker Casillas, and Raúl.

UEFA Champions League34138
UEFA Champions League Qualifying2 2
Copa del Rey1142
Intercontinental Cup11

Ronaldo’s first season with Real Madrid was very successful. Real Madrid became Spanish champions for the 29th time in the 2002/03 season, with Ronaldo being their top scorer (23 league goals), second only to Roy Makaay. Ronaldo was named both the world and European footballer of the year. However, in the following year, 2003/04, he won the Pichichi Trophy as the top scorer in Spain for the second time (the first time being in 1997) with 24 goals.

Unfortunately, despite the presence of numerous superstars, Real Madrid faced a crisis during this time. They didn’t win any titles in that year or the following two years. The team lacked defensive balance, and their rivals Barcelona were achieving success in both the Spanish League and the Champions League.

Starting from the 2006/07 season, Ronaldo struggled to make an impact at the club. He went 215 days without scoring a goal in the league. The new coach, Fabio Capello, decided to exclude Ronaldo from the team and instead relied on their new signing, Ruud van Nistelrooy. Additionally, Ronaldo was dealing with recurring injury issues during this period.

Ronaldo Nazario Goal and Assists With AC Milan (2007–2008)

In January 2007, at the age of 30, Ronaldo decided to make a return to Milan, but this time, he signed with AC Milan instead of Inter Milan, which didn’t sit well with Inter fans. At AC Milan, he got more playing time and started scoring goals again. However, he couldn’t participate in Milan’s Champions League victory because he had already played for Real Madrid in the tournament.

UEFA Champions League– –
Serie A2095

The 2007/08 season didn’t start well for Ronaldo as he suffered a thigh injury in July 2007 and later a calf injury during his comeback attempt. These injuries kept him out of action for about six months. There were rumors of him potentially moving to Fenerbahçe Istanbul or Flamengo Rio de Janeiro during this time. Additionally, there were suspicions of doping due to a blood transfusion he received to speed up his thigh recovery.

Nevertheless, Ronaldo made a successful comeback on January 13, 2008, scoring two goals and assisting in another in a league game against SSC Napoli.

However, his comeback was short-lived because, on February 13, 2008, Ronaldo suffered a severe injury to his left knee when his patellar tendon completely tore during a league game against AS Livorno. Doctors predicted that he wouldn’t recover until at least November 2008. At the same time, there were new doping suspicions raised against him and his former clubs. It was suggested that he had been given anabolic steroids during his time at PSV Eindhoven to enhance muscle growth, which may have contributed to his susceptibility to injuries.

Ronaldo Nazario Goal and Assists With Corinthians (2009–2011)

Ronaldo Nazario played for Corinthians from 2009 to 2011. During his time with the club, he made 42 appearances, scoring 24 goals, and providing 24 assists. His contributions were instrumental in helping the team secure victories in the Campeonato Paulista in 2009 and the Copa do Brasil in 2009.

Copa Libertadores93
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A31186
Copa do Brasil23

Ronaldo Nazario Goal and Assists With National Team Brazil (1994–2011)

Ronaldo’s debut for the senior national team came in a friendly against Argentina on March 23, 1994. He scored his first international goal against Iceland on May 4 of the same year. At just 17 years old, he was part of Brazil’s squad for the 1994 World Cup in the USA but didn’t get much playing time as Bebeto and Romário led the attack.

International Friendlies47238
World Cup19155
World Cup qualification15105
Copa América13104
Confederations Cup543

The following year, Ronaldo still played a limited role for the national team. He participated in the UMBRO Cup in England, which Brazil won, but he only played one game at the Copa América in the same year. In 1996, he achieved success by winning a bronze medal at the Olympic football tournament and becoming the third-highest scorer in the competition, following Bebeto and the Argentine Hernán Crespo.

Ronaldo eventually became a crucial part of the national team. In 1997, he participated in the Tournoi de France, the Copa América, and the Confederations Cup, with Brazil winning the latter two tournaments. During this time, Ronaldo and Romário formed a successful attacking partnership known as the “Ro-Ro Storm.”

However, in 1998, just before the World Cup in France, Romário got injured and was removed from the squad by the national coach, Mário Zagallo. Despite being considered favorites, Brazil lost in the final to the hosts. Ronaldo, playing alongside Bebeto, scored four goals but had a poor performance in the final, which was marred by confusion and rumors about his health. He had a seizure the day of the final, and this raised questions about whether he should have played. Some even suggested he was pressured to play by his sponsors. Despite this, Ronaldo was named the World Cup’s most valuable player and received the Golden Ball award.

After the 1998 World Cup, Ronaldo took a break from international play but returned for the 1999 Copa América, leading Brazil to victory alongside Rivaldo.

Ronaldo made a remarkable comeback at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, becoming the tournament’s top scorer with eight goals and scoring twice in the final against Germany to help Brazil win the title.

He didn’t participate in major national team tournaments in the following years, missing the 2004 Copa América and the 2003 and 2005 Confederations Cup. His last major tournament was the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where Brazil faced disappointment, and Ronaldo received criticism for his physical condition. Despite this, he scored three goals in four games and became the all-time leading scorer in World Cup history, a record he held for eight years until Miroslav Klose broke it in the 2014 World Cup.

Ronaldo retired from international soccer on February 14, 2011, and had a farewell game with the Brazilian national team on June 7, 2011, against Romania. He played as a substitute and said goodbye to the fans during halftime with a lap of honor.

Ronaldo Nazario Goals With Brazil Youth Team (1993–1996)

Ronaldo Nazario played for the Brazil youth team from 1993 to 1996. He scored 11 goals in 15 appearances. He helped the team win the FIFA World Youth Championship in 1995.

Brazil U17 75
Brazil U23 86

Ronaldo Nazario Titles

Club/TeamCompetitionNo. of Titles (Years)
CruzeiroCampeonato Mineiro1x (1994)
PSV EindhovenKNVB Cup1x (1995–96)
BarcelonaCopa del Rey1x (1996–97)
Supercopa de España1x (1996)
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup1x (1996–97)
Inter MilanUEFA Cup1x (1997–98)
Real MadridLa Liga1x (2002–03)
Supercopa de España1x (2003)
Intercontinental Cup1x (2002)
CorinthiansCampeonato Paulista1x (2009)
Copa do Brasil1x (2009)
BrazilFIFA World Cup2x (1994, 2002)
Copa América2x (1997, 1999)
FIFA Confederations Cup1x (1997)
Summer Olympic Games 1x (Bronze medal: 1996)

Ronaldo Nazario Stats Records And Other Data:

How Many Goals Has Ronaldo Nazario Scored From Direct Free Kicks?

According to Transfermarket, Ronaldo Nazario has scored 5 goals from direct free kicks in his career.

TeamDirect Free Kicks
FC Internazionale5

How Many Goals Has Ronaldo Nazario Scored From The Penalty Spot?

Ronaldo Nazario has scored 39 goals from the penalty spot in his career.

TeamPenalty Goals
PSV Eindhoven8
FC Barcelona6
FC Internazionale14
Real Madrid5
Sport Club Corinthians Paulista6

How Many Assists/Goal Assists Has Ronaldo Nazario Provided?

Ronaldo Nazario has provided 101 assists in his career.

Real Madrid35
Inter Milan10
PSV Eindhoven7
FC Barcelona13
Sport Club Corinthians Paulista6
AC Milan5
Cruzeiro Esporte Clube

How Many hat tricks have Ronaldo Nazario Scored throughout his Career?

Ronaldo Nazario has scored 19 hat-tricks in his career.

TOTAL Hat-Tricks19

What is Ronaldo Nazario’s Scoring Record in a Season?

Ronaldo Nazario’s scoring record in a season is 47 goals in 49 appearances for FC Barcelona in the 1996-97 season. He scored 34 goals in La Liga, 6 goals in the Copa del Rey, 5 goals in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and 2 goals in a Supercopa game.

Cup Winners’ Cup751
Copa del Rey461

How Many Times have Ronaldo Nazario won the Ballon d’Or?

Ronaldo Nazario has won the Ballon d’Or once. He won the award in 2002, the year he led Brazil to victory in the FIFA World Cup. He was also named FIFA World Player of the Year that year.

How Many times has Ronaldo Nazario won the Golden Boot throughout his Career?

Ronaldo Nazario has won the European Golden Boot once, in the 1996-97 season. He scored 34 goals in La Liga for Barcelona that season.

Ronaldo Nazario Individual Awards:

Supercopa Libertadores top scorer1x 1993–94
Supercopa Libertadores Team of the Year1x 1993–94
Campeonato Mineiro top scorer1x 1993–94
Campeonato Mineiro Team of the Year1x 1994
Eredivisie top scorer1x 1994–95
FIFA World Player of the Year1x 1996, 1997, 2002
Trofeo EFE La Liga Ibero-American Player of the Year1x 1996–97, 2002–03
Pichichi Trophy1x 1996–97, 2003–04
European Golden Shoe1x 1996–97
World Soccer Magazine World Player of the Year1x 1996, 1997, 2002
Don Balón Award La Liga Foreign Player of the Year1x 1996–97
Copa América Final Most Valuable Player1x 1997
Copa América Most Valuable Player1x 1997
FIFA Confederations Cup Bronze Boot1x 1997
FIFA Confederations Cup All-Star Team1x 1997
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Final Most Valuable Player1x 1997
Copa América All-Star Team1x 1997, 1999
IFFHS World’s Top Goal Scorer of the Year1x 1997
Bravo Award1x 1997, 1998
Onze d’Or1x 1997, 2002
Ballon d’Or1x 1997, 2002
UNICEF European Footballer of the Season1x 1996–97
European Sports Media ESM Team of the Year1x 1996–97, 1997–98
FIFA XI1x 1997, 1998
Serie A Footballer of the Year1x 1998
Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year1x 1998
UEFA Cup Final Most Valuable Player1x 1998
UEFA Club Footballer of the Year1x 1997–98
UEFA Club Best Forward1x 1997–98
FIFA World Cup Golden Ball1x 1998
FIFA World Cup All-Star Team1x 1998, 2002
FIFA World Cup top assist provider1x 1998
Inter Milan Player of the Year1x 1998
FIFA World Cup Golden Shoe1x 2002
FIFA World Cup Silver Ball1x 2002
FIFA World Cup Final Most Valuable Player1x 2002
Intercontinental Cup Most Valuable Player1x 2002
UEFA Team of the Year1x 2002
BBC World Sport Star of the Year1x 2002
Laureus World Sports Awards Comeback of the Year1x 2003
Best Male Soccer Player ESPY Award1x 2003
FIFA 1001x 2004
FIFA World Cup Bronze Boot1x 2006
Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame1x 2006
Golden Foot award1x 2006
France Football magazine’s all-time starting XI1x 2007
Association of Football Statisticians (AFS) Top-100 Players of All Time1x 2007 (#2)
Sports Illustrated Team of the Decade1x 2009
Real Madrid Hall of Fame1x
Marca Leyenda1x 2011
L’Équipe’s top 50 South-American footballers in history (5th)1x
Italian Football Hall of Fame2015
International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) Legends1x
Inter Milan Hall of Fame1x 2018
Globe Soccer Awards Player Career Award1x 2018
Ballon d’Or Dream Team1x 2020
IFFHS All-time Men’s B Dream Team1x 2021

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