Naldo (footballer born 1982)
|Full name||Ronaldo Aparecido Rodrigues|
|Date of birth||10 September 1982|
|Place of birth||Londrina, Brazil|
|Height||1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|Current club||VfL Wolfsburg|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 January 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Ronaldo Aparecido Rodrigues (born 10 September 1982), commonly known as Naldo, is a Brazilian footballer currently playing for German Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg and the Brazilian national team. He plays as a versatile two-footed central defender.
Naldo began his football career playing for RS Futebol in his youth career before playing for them professionally and two years at RS Futebol, Naldo would join Juventude, where, playing with along Thiago Silva, he stayed there for one season as he made 36 appearance and scoring eight.
His talent in Brazil led Naldo signing with SV Werder Bremen in the summer of 2005, to replace Valérien Ismaël who left for Bayern Munich for €3 million and shortly after was given the number four shirt. However, he is capable of playing right across the back line. On the opening game of the season, Naldo made his debut in a 5–2 win over Arminia Bielefeld and his first goal came in November 2005, in a 6–1 win over Wolfsburg. In his first season, Naldo played in all but two of Bremen's Bundesliga games in 2005–06 season and in seven of their eight Champions League fixtures, along with, two in Champions League Qualifiers (where he made his Champions League debut that season).
In the 2006–07 season, he scored a hat-trick against Eintracht Frankfurt. The match ended 6–2. He would score the next game, which turns out to be a winning goal against Wolfsburg. Two months before he scored a hat-trick, Naldo scored his first UEFA Champions League goal in a 2–0 win over Levski Sofia on 18 October 2006. Placing third place in the Champions League, resulted Werder Bremen going to UEFA Cup. In Werder Bremen first game in the UEFA Cup, he scored in a 3–1 win over AFC Ajax in the first leg and still go though to the next round despite losing 3–1 in the second leg. The club would advanced through the knock-out stage until the club was eliminated in the semi-final by Espanyol. With one game left towards the end of the season, Naldo scored an own goal, which turns out to be a winner for Frankfurt, in a 2–1 loss. Like his first season, Naldo played in all but two of Bremen's Bundesliga games in 2006–07 season and played all of the total of Europeans match.
In the 2007–08 season, he scored his first goal of the season in a 1–1 draw against Schalke 04 on 27 October 2007, followed up his second goal in a 4–0 win over Karlsruher and his third came (also set up a goal for Hugo Almeida) in a 6–1 win over Hannover 96. Once again, Naldo played in all but two of Bremen's Bundesliga games in 2005–06 season and in six of their six Champions League fixtures, along with, two in Champions League Qualifiers.
In the 2008–09 season, Naldo scored with his right foot, scoring his first goal of the season in a 5–2 win over Bayern Munich which Werder Bremen beat Bayern Munich for the first time at the Allianz Arena. When the clubs meet again but this time Werder at home, he received a straight red card in a 0–0 draw on 1 March 2009. He scored in the 2009 UEFA Cup Final to level the game at 1–1, however his team went on to lose the game 2–1 to Shakhtar Donetsk after extra time. It's also in the UEFA Cup Last sixteen, he scored the only goal in a 1–0 win over Saint-Étienne in the first leg. At the end of the season, Naldo played in all but six of Bremen's Bundesliga games in 2006–07 season and in seven of their eight Champions League fixtures and all of the UEFA Cup fixtures. Despite not winning the UEFA Cup, the club would win the DFB-Pokal after beating Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1–0.
In the first two games since the opening season, he scored two goals in two matches, with both games a victory against Borussia Mönchengladbach and Hertha respectively. In the first leg of the fourth round of Europa League, he scored twice in a 6–3 win over Aktobe. The club would go through to the Group Stage in a 2–0 win in the second leg. The following season, he signed ntract extension to keep him at the club until 2013. Shortly signing, Manager Thomas Schaaf was delighted with Naldo's new deal. In the Group Stage, he scored in a 3–1 win over Athletic Bilbao and would score against them once again on the last game of the Group stage. In the second round of the Europa League against Twente following Bremen loss in the first round, he scored in the second leg in a 4–1 win and advanced to the next round. However in the quarter final, Bremen would be eliminated by Valencia. In the DFB-Pokal, Naldo scored three goals in the cup and the club would reach the final. In the final against League winner Bayern Munich, he started in the central defense with Per Mertesacker and the club would lose 4–0 heavily.
In May 2010, Naldo sustained a serious knee injury on his knee. It happened in a match against Wolfsburg on 17 April 2010 after a challenge with Grafite, resulting Naldo suffered a one bone edema on the right knee. But he recovers after taking painkillers and would play the remaining fixture for the club towards the end of the season. However in the 2010–11 season, he was absent throughout the season as he hadn't made a single appearance this season. His injury may need a require surgery as his injury is rare and the exact cause was not known. Naldo had many surgery's in Germany (having a surgery about three time by Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, Ulrich Boenisch and even the club's doctor Goetz Dimanski) before going to Brazil where he will have surgery after the club's management was against having German doctors and will be operated by Brazilian physician of Brazil national team, José Luiz Runco. After an operation on his knee a few days later, it revealed he damaged his Cartilage. Doctors also revealed shortly after Naldo's surgery, that his injury will take at least nine months to recover and also feared that the cartilage damage could later lead to other knee problems.
He made his comeback in mid August 2011, appearing for Bremen in a friendly match, and subsequently returned to Bundesliga action in September 2011, after coming on as a substitute in a late minute in a 2–0 win over Hamburger and played his first match in fifteen months. One month later, he told Kreiszeitung Syke newspaper that he's pleased with overcoming his injury nightmare and feels happy on his return. Naldo would score his first goal in a year, in a 2–0 win over Stuttgart on 27 November 2011 and in the second half of the season, he scored in a 2–2 draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach on 10 April 2012 and two weeks later on 21 April 2012, he scored and scored an own goal in the match, in a 2–1 loss against Bayern Munich. In the January transfer window, Naldo was linked with a return to Brazil, Internacional rumoured to be one. However, the move never happened after Naldo was convinced to stay by manager Schaaf
On 18 July 2012, Naldo moved to VfL Wolfsburg on a four-year contract for a fee of €3 million, which will rise to €4m. Naldo was linked with a move to Wolfsburg but failed a medical over his fitness, resulting a move to collapsed It revealed Naldo move was successfully complete after Wolfsburg inserted a clause, that won't let Naldo failed his medical again and resulted Werder Bremen to received an extra payment. Naldo made his competitive debut in a 5–0 win over Schönberg 95 and setting a goal for Ivica Olić, who would score a hat-trick in the first round of DFB-Pokal and made his league debut in the opening season in a 1–0 win over Stuttgart. However, his performance was criticised by manager Felix Magath, over he does not error and mistakes cost us points. Just weeks after Magath criticised Naldo, Magath would be sacked after only five points in eight matches (and no goals and points in the last four games). On 18 November 2012, he scored his first goal for the club in a 3–1 win over 1899 Hoffenheim.
During his first few weeks at Bremen fans likened him to an Ox due to his immense height and athletic build, as a result he was nicknamed The Beast, a name shared with players Julio Baptista, Jon Parkin, Brian Jensen and Adebayo Akinfenwa.
Naldo had a few matches while Dunga was in charge of the national team. Since Phil Scolari has taken over he has fallen out of favour.
Style of play
He stands at 1.98 metres tall and this height, combined with his jumping and heading ability, make him a big threat in aerial contests. He is also well known for his set piece skill and according to Brazil national team manager Dunga, Naldo can hit the ball in excess of 60 mph using the cannonball free kick method associated with other pros such as Roberto Carlos, Alex and Adriano. During his time at Werder Bremen, he was the club's fan favourite and became in the regular team. His team-mate Tim Wiese described him as a best central defender in the league.
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- Thomas Schaaf: “He is probably the most talented defender in Brazil.”
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