With eight goals from the 2002 World Cup, Ronaldo is the first man since Paolo Rossi in 1982 to win both the Golden Boot and a champion's medal at the tournament.
A gifted striker, with immense speed and power, Ronaldo is almost impossible to stop in front of goal. He can hit the target from virtually any angle. His precision makes him a feared man. His 12 World Cup goals places him level with Pele and just behind Gerd Muller, 14 goals, and Just Fontaine, 13, in the all-time goals tally.
At the age of 16, he scored 58 goals in 60 matches on his national debut in the Brazilian first division, a feat that won him a place in Brazil's squad for the 1994 World Cup.