Ronaldo Shows His New Jersey for AC Milan

Ronaldo in 2007, photo by

Birth Name: Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima

Place of Birth: Itaguaí, Brazil

Date of Birth: 18 September, 1976

Ethnicity: Brazilian [African, Portuguese]

Ronaldo is a Brazilian professional footballer and business owner. He is widely considered one of the greatest footballers of all time. A striker, he played with Cruzeiro, PSV, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, AC Milan, and Corinthians, and the Brazilian national team. He is president of Segunda Division club Real Valladolid and the owner of Brasileiro Série A club Cruzeiro. He is also known as Ronaldo, Ronaldo Nazário, “O Fenômeno”/The Phenomenon, and R9.

Ronaldo is the son of Sônia dos Santos Barata and Nélio Nazário de Lima. Regarding racism in football, he has said, “I think that all blacks suffer (with racism). I, that am white, suffer because of so much ignorance.” In response to this, his father, a dark-skinned African-Brazilian, stated, “He knows quite well that he is black… In truth, at the time I thought it was some type of philosophy, something in this sense… because he knows that he is black.” A picture of Ronaldo’s mother can be found here.

Ronaldo is married to model and businessperson Celina Locks. He has a son with his former wife, footballer Milene Domingues; a son with Michele Umezu; and two children with his former wife Maria Beatriz Antony. He is Catholic. Ronaldo speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian, and has a good understanding of English.

20 Responses

  1. jonasbttencourt says:

    He said in multiple interviews that he is white lol if he is white, im Domhal Gleeson… But he was quite young, and race is a blurry concept here in Brazil, most people really have no idea of what they are because a lot of them are so mixed already, so how could he know better? My dad said that his grandmother identified herself as white, even though she was actually biracial, just because her hair was straight and her nose was thin.

    • DriftingDoc says:

      If he feels more white then who is anyone to say otherwise? His opinion is valid, like many of our own. There is no definite fact based answer on what is whit, mixed or black. Much of it is just personal perception. Maybe he also knows the nuance that being black is also about political experience. Not only that but realistically he is tanned.. not black, not entirely white. It’s not that he doesn’t ‘know any better’. There is no “better”. He just thinks differently than some people who see it differently. I’ve seen him in games looking pretty light skinned so maybe that’s partly why he feels as such. In any case, why do you even give a f? You’re white. You don’t need to be Domhnall ginger nuts white to be claimed white. I have very very very faint north African heritage does it make me black? Hell no it doesn’t..according to some people I guess it could. In summer I look pretty bronze, but in winter I look pretty pale haha, so maybe in that that case let me try our for the next Black Wakanda film. Thanks…but seriously.. people should always keep an open mind. Our own opinions have a high element on whether we or other people should label us as a colour. It’s far more complex than that…and we all know it.

  2. andrew says:

    Can you add that he is popularly dubbed O Fenômeno (“The Phenomenon”) and he is widely considered one of the greatest football players of all time

    Thank you very much

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