Roberto de Assis Moreira

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Assis and the second or paternal family name is Moreira.
Personal information
Full name Roberto de Assis Moreira
Date of birth (1971-01-10) January 10, 1971 (age 46)
Place of birth Porto Alegre, Brazil
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1992 Grêmio 50 (9)
1992–1995 Sion 97 (29)
1995–1996 Sporting CP 5 (0)
1996 Vasco 30 (10)
1996 Fluminense 6 (0)
1996–1997 Sion 8 (0)
1998 Sporting CP 8 (2)
1998 Estrela da Amadora 12 (4)
1999 Consadole Sapporo 28 (9)
2000 UAG 13 (2)
2000 Corinthians 1 (0)
2001–2002 Montpellier 9 (0)
National team
1987 Brazil U 17 3 (0)
1989 Brazil U 20 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Roberto de Assis Moreira, commonly known as Assis (born January 10, 1971), is a former footballer[1] who is the brother, manager, agent and adviser of Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho.


Although Assis is known predominantly for his intelligent managing of better known and more illustrious younger brother Ronaldinho's career, he himself was a budding football talent in his youth. In fact, Brazilian club Grêmio offered Assis' family a villa in order to keep the promising youngster with the club.

Previously, the family had lived in a wooden house in the middle of a favela or slum in Porto Alegre, in the south of Brazil. At this time, João (his father), a solderer by trade, often worked as a car park security guard at Grêmio's stadium in order to supplement his meager income.

Roberto's success as a footballer helped his family leave the slots behind for a more comfortable home, but his hopes of playing top-level football with Grêmio were all but destroyed when he suffered a serious knee injury, which led him to play football in Switzerland. He played for Sion in 1992-1995 and 1996-1998. With Sion he won two Cups in 1995 and 1997 and became Swiss Champion that year. Then he went to stints in Japan and Mexico.

Years later, Roberto's younger brother Ronaldo (now known only as Ronaldinho), would emerge as an even hotter talent at Grêmio's youth set-up before departing his home country for French side PSG and eventually Spanish club Barcelona, whom he was with for five years, before departing for Milan in 2008.

Today, Assis acts as his brother's agent and adviser, and is credited by many, including Ronaldinho himself, as a major influence and guiding force of the player.

During his acceptance speech after receiving the FIFA World Player of the Year award for a second consecutive year in December 2005, Ronaldinho paid tribute to his brother: "He's my idol. He's been through a lot and has helped me every step of the way. He has encouraged me never to stop trying."

Assis also owns Brazilian club Porto Alegre, which currently plays the Campeonato Gaúcho.

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
1999 Consadole Sapporo J2 League 29 8 2 1 2 0 33 9
Country Japan 29 8 2 1 2 0 33 9
Total 29 8 2 1 2 0 33 9



  1. ^ "Assis". Sambafoot. November 27, 2009. Retrieved January 10, 2011. 

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