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July 17, 1998 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Giant pictures of Ronaldo, the most-worried- about man in a traumatized Brazil, smiled down as usual Thursday from advertising billboards in which the soccer star mimics the pose of a landmark Christ statue on a mountaintop in Rio de Janeiro. But the real Ronaldo was not smiling. He was last seen Wednesday speeding away from reporters in a blue Mercedes-Benz and climbing into a helicopter with his actress fiancee headed for a secret destination, reputedly an exclusive island resort near Rio.
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July 17, 1998 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Giant pictures of Ronaldo, the most-worried- about man in a traumatized Brazil, smiled down as usual Thursday from advertising billboards in which the soccer star mimics the pose of a landmark Christ statue on a mountaintop in Rio de Janeiro. But the real Ronaldo was not smiling. He was last seen Wednesday speeding away from reporters in a blue Mercedes-Benz and climbing into a helicopter with his actress fiancee headed for a secret destination, reputedly an exclusive island resort near Rio.
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July 13, 1998 | MIKE PENNER
He was ready to be anointed, having long ago been appointed heir to Pele as God's Great Gift to Soccer, Brazil, Nike and Pirelli Tires. The last necessary accessory, the World Cup trophy, was his for the taking, a mere 90 minutes of exercise away, when everything about the World Cup came tumbling down on him. Sixty minutes before Sunday's World Cup final kicked off, Ronaldo was not in the starting lineup for Brazil. A vague medical report said something about him not being fit.
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July 13, 1998 | MIKE PENNER
He was ready to be anointed, having long ago been appointed heir to Pele as God's Great Gift to Soccer, Brazil, Nike and Pirelli Tires. The last necessary accessory, the World Cup trophy, was his for the taking, a mere 90 minutes of exercise away, when everything about the World Cup came tumbling down on him. Sixty minutes before Sunday's World Cup final kicked off, Ronaldo was not in the starting lineup for Brazil. A vague medical report said something about him not being fit.
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February 19, 2011 | By Grahame L. Jones
The final whistle has sounded. The last goal has been scored. The game is over. And so, in the aftermath of a truly dizzying, 18-year roller-coaster ride of a career, one that soared to unimaginable heights and plunged to staggeringly bizarre depths, what are we to make of Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima? What will we remember now that his playing days are done? Surely it will not be every one of those more than 600 games, although some stand out like pages torn from the scrapbook of the soccer gods.
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June 5, 1998 | GRAHAME L. JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Spain, they called him "the Extraterrestrial." In Italy, he is known simply as "Il Fenomeno"--"the Phenomenon." But to find out who Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima really is, you have to leave Europe and travel across the Atlantic to Brazil. And you have to travel back in time a little too. Set the dials for Rio de Janeiro's downtrodden Bento Ribeiro district, circa 1982.
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