Ronaldinho's scores for the first time for the 'Canarinha'


In the CONMEBOL Copa America Paraguay – 1999, one of the best players in the history of soccer emerged: Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, known as Ronaldinho. The Brazilian star made his debut in the continental tournament and left a beautiful memory, scoring his first goal for the Brazilian national team

There are so many qualities to the ‘smiling face of soccer’, a real wizard with the ball and talented number 10 who delivered all of his skills in every match, like that game against Venezuela, in the CONMEBOL Copa America 1999, where he celebrated his first goal for the Brazilian national team.

An anthology play worthy of a crack. After intercepting a pass from the legendary Cafú, the young 19-year-old Dinho performs a hat pass and leaves paying the Venezuelan defensor for the next trick, to take an accurate shot overcoming Renny Vega’s resistance.

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In the middle of jumps, Ronaldinho expressed all his joys for having reached his first achievement with the Brazilian national team who ended up beating Venezuela 7-0, a result that served for the subsequent consecration.

«It was a great emotion. This was the first step to become well known worldwide within the Brazilian national team. That was where the doors had opened for me», declared Ronaldinho about his goal.

In total, Dinho scored 33 goals for the Brazilian national team in 93 appearances and lifted important trophies like the CONMEBOL Copa America 1999 and the 2002 World Cup.

Brazil was crowned two-time champion of the CONMEBOL Copa America in this tournament, after beating Uruguay 3-0 in the finals.