“Zubastik” by Ronaldo
The story of the first football genius of the new formation. Ronaldinho, Kaka, Cristiano, Messi … These are world stars, in their time, to play like they, all the children of the planet dreamed. And the first, whose t-shirts were sold in millions of parties around the world, was the Brazilian wunderkind, or the “clown”, or the “chubastik” Ronaldo. The Legend of Football presents an excerpt from Winsley Clarkson’s book: “Ronaldo! A twenty-one-year-old genius and 90 minutes that shook the world! ”
Who is this man, hiding behind the mask of a player in the world Premier League, which the public knows? Where did he get such a love for luxury goods, his apocalyptic drive? Is it possible for a person who has so modestly begun to be a millionaire at the age of a teenager?
I first noticed Ronaldo when he was sitting on the bench at the final of the 1994 World Cup. As Brazil successfully competed in the tournament, advancing to its hard-won victory over Italy, there was less and less frustration that this young man would not have the opportunity to adequately demonstrate his amazing ability. At that time, many already understood that Ronaldo would become the football force to be reckoned with, and this is only a matter of time. Later, just some five weeks after the alarming World Cup final in France in 1998, I accidentally met Ronaldo when he opened a nightclub in Leblon, a suburb of Rio. It is worth mentioning how he reacts to the gigantic crowd.
He looked awkward, shy, and feeling awkward, but there was on his face some kind of hard expression that seemed to call: “Let’s do some work!” The army of bodyguards, agents, relatives and friends, who did not leave him a single step, followed his every move.
Ronaldo1 In Rio, I spoke to many people who knew Ronaldo well. One of them, world-famous physiotherapist Filet, said: “He is at a crossroads. The rollercoaster ride has just begun. ”
For the sake of writing this book, many agreed to scuttle their old wounds and reveal their real feelings for Ronaldo. I spent many hours talking with these people, learning about Ronaldo’s strange childhood habits and the truth about his relationship with restless parents. Those who helped me showed a genuine desire to see whether this book would really be a true and measured report about Ronaldo’s life and his ups and downs in the France 98 championship. They were all convinced that Ronaldo would appreciate my efforts. Their decision to allow me to continue to work on the preparation of the remainder of the Ronaldo story deserves all thanks. I sincerely hope that this book will fully reflect the courage and determination of those people who had the courage to speak.
A significant source of information was the brilliant performances of Ronaldo on the football fields of the entire globe. They told me so much about his life, and it gave me a kind of thread with which I sewed all the stories together. Ronaldo’s life is football, and his football gives us an idea of his life.
During our short meeting in August 1998, Ronaldo carefully chose words, calmly and collected answers to my questions, despite the crowds that surrounded us. I am deeply grateful that neither he nor his two main agents, Alexandra and Reinaldo, began to hinder my efforts in writing this book. He never stood in the way of any of his friends when they agreed to help me. I think that as a result the book has become better. Thanks to their generous cooperation and illustrations in the book there is something that fully conveys the unique essence of this person. Everything is there – pitiful poverty, escape from the slums, the ascent to the status of a superstar and the secret of the ninety minutes that have changed the face of world football.
Ronaldo is not the first star in the history of sports, which is considered an idol. But he is the first footballer who is wholly and entirely owned by the largest manufacturers of sporting goods and sponsors and in recent years – owned by the richest football clubs on earth.