Born on September 10, 1982 in Londrina, Ronaldo Aparecido Rodrigues, who became known as “Naldo” while at Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg, played for three seasons at Schalke 04. In 13 seasons in the Bundesliga, he has participated in more than 500 matches including 90 in European competition.
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Brazilian international four times, the tall defender was (1,98m) winner of the 2007 Copa America with the Seleção, and he is recognized for his leadership, his defensive qualities and his abilities in the air that allowed him to score 71 goals in his career.
The only player to have played all 34 Bundesliga matches last season, Naldo was voted third best player in the competition behind Robert Lewandowski and James Rodriguez by the German Players Union (VDV).