Ronaldo Luis Nazario De Lima was born on September 18, 1976 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was recognized as a child prodigy in his growing years. He was a regular member of all the football matches that were organized in his local area.
He received full support from his friends and neighbors because of which he progressed quickly through the ranks to be selected to play for the Cruzeiro team at the age of 16. He performed exceptionally well in his first season by amassing 12 goals in the 14 matches he played. This performance helped him get a chance to play in the Brazilian National team itself in 1994.