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Remembering when a 21-year-old R9 won the Ballon d’Or

Ronaldo Nazario’s explosive emergence remains, for some, the most exciting arrival of a superstar talent modern football has ever seen.

The Brazilian burst onto the scene with an astonishing goal record for PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona, causing feverish excitement as his precocious talent tormented defences across the continent.

Ronaldo twice broke the world transfer record before his 21st birthday and remains the youngest ever player to win football’s most prestigious individual accolade, the Ballon d’Or.

The forward claimed the Ballon d’Or for the first time following a stunning single season at Barcelona, one which remains etched into the history of the Catalan club after Ronaldo scored 47 goals across all competitions to fire the side to silverware success.

Our latest video remembers the brilliance of O Fenômeno and his record-breaking Ballon d’Or triumph in 1997.

Read – Iconic Performances: Prime R9 dismantles Valencia with a hat-trick for the ages

Read Also – O Fenomeno: Ronaldo Nazario’s top three goals for Barcelona

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