El Fenomeno will play out his final swan song against Romania in his farewell football match at the Estadio Pacaembu in Sao Paulo tonight.
It’s important for the newer fans to the game to respect how the original Ronaldo paved the way for Cristiano and all the others of the new generation, which is why Nike Soccer released this awesome “Before Ronaldo, After Ronaldo” viral today to commemorate the impact the iconic number 9 had on all aspects of the game. For many fans, including myself, Ronaldo remains one of the most inspirational, gifted players of all time.
Even more than the US team’s run that summer, I remember the 2002 World Cup primarily for getting up early to watch the forward with the forehead haircut (forecut?) put on a bona fide show every time out and come through in the final when it mattered most.