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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 18, 1994 | GRAHAME L. JONES
They loped off the field together, the old wolf and the young cub. The old wolf's mane was white. In his eyes, a tear or two might have glistened. Perhaps it was the memories that came flooding back, memories of 1958, 1962, 1970 and, now, 1994. Or perhaps it was that his players, his beloved Brazilians, had just been tossing him into the air, not once, not twice or thrice, but four times, one for each World Cup he has won.
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June 19, 1994 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pele wrote soccer history with his feet and it all started when he made his glittery World Cup debut in 1958 at age 17 in Sweden, guiding Brazil to the championship. Thirty-six years later, another 17-year-old unknown forward has found himself on a team of Brazilian all-stars. He too is known by one name--Ronaldo. The temptation to even mention Pele and Ronaldo in the same sentence has proved irresistible. A soccer sin, apparently. "There is one Jesus Christ. There is one Martin Luther King.
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