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2: Ohoa | Ochoa was originally a given name in medieval Spain. It originated in the Basque Country and means 'wolf' (spelled otsoa or otxoa in Standard Basque). There was also a female given name Ochanda (meaning 'female wolf', cf. the elegant tower in the old quarter of Vitoria-Gasteiz named after Ochanda, proper name of the daughter of a man responsible for revamping the tower in the 16th century). The Spanish version of this Basque given name was Lope, appearing too in the names of Gascon lords in the high Middle Ages. Ochoa became a surname as a patronymic. It does not have the -ez suffix as do other Spanish patronymics due to the Basque origin of the name. Lope for example became a surname as López. There is Ochotorena/Otxotorena, meaning 'son of Ochoto' (small wolf'). From the Basque Country it spread to the rest of Spain, Portugal and then to the Americas. About a 25% of the Spanish Ochoas still live in the Basque area of Spain (Basque Country and Navarre). | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lionel_Messi

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4: Lionel Messi | "Messi began playing football at a young age and his skill and potential was soon realized by Barcelona. He left Rosario-based Newell's Old Boys's youth team in 2000 and moved with his family to Europe, as Barcelona offered treatment for his growth hormone deficiency. Making his debut in the 2004–05 season, he broke his team record for the youngest footballer to score a league goal. Major honours soon followed as Barcelona won La Liga in Messi's debut season, and won a double of the league and Champions League in 2006. His breakthrough season was in the 2006–07 season; he became a first team regular, scoring a hat-trick in El Clásico and finishing with 14 goals in 26 league games. Messi then had the most successful season of his playing career, the 2008–09 season, in which he scored 38 goals to play an integral part in a treble-winning campaign. This record-breaking season was then eclipsed in the following 2009–10 campaign, where Messi scored 47 goals in all competitions, equalling Ronaldo's record total for Barcelona. He surpassed this record again in the 2010–11 season with 53 goals in all competitions." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lionel_Messi

6: ronaldinho | Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (born 21 March 1980 in Porto Alegre), commonly known as Ronaldinho (Portuguese pronunciation: [onawdu]) or Ronaldinho Gaúcho,[2] is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Flamengo and the Brazilian national team as an attacking midfielder or forward. He is a two-time winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year, awarded to the best player over the year. He won the award in both 2004 and 2005. "Ronaldinho," the diminutive and term of endearment for "Ronaldo," is accompanied in Brazilian usage by the nickname "Gaúcho," in order to distinguish him from fellow footballer and countryman Ronaldo, who was known as "Ronaldinho" in Brazil beforehand. Ronaldo simply went by his first name upon his move to Europe, thereby allowing Ronaldinho to drop the "Gaúcho" and go by the name Ronaldinho abroad. | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronaldinho

8: Cristiano ronaldo | Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro,[2] OIH, (born 5 February 1985),[3] commonly known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a winger or striker for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and is the captain of the Portuguese national team. Ronaldo became the most expensive player in football history after moving from Manchester United to Real Madrid in a transfer deal worth 80 million (94 million). In addition, his contract with Real Madrid, in which he is paid 12 million per year, makes him one of the highest-paid football players in the world,[4] and his buyout clause is valued at 1000 million (1 billion, in English usage), as per his contract.[5] Ronaldo began his career as a youth player for Clube de Futebol Andorinha de Santo António, where he played for two years, before moving to Clube Desportivo Nacional. In 1997, he made a move to Portuguese giants Sporting Clube de Portugal. Ronaldo's precocious talent caught the attention of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, who signed the 18-year-old for 12.24 million (15 million) in 2003. The following season, Ronaldo won his first club honour, the FA Cup and played at Euro 2004 with Portugal. Ronaldo scored his first international goal in the opening game of the tournament against Greece and also helped Portugal reach the final. He was featured in the UEFA Euro All-Star Team of this competition. wikipedia.org/wiki/Cristiano_Ronaldo

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10: Kaka | Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite (Portuguese pronunciation: [ikadu izksw dustus lejti]; born 22 April 1982), commonly known as Kaká (Portuguese: [kaka] ( listen)), is a Brazilian football attacking midfielder who currently plays for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid[2] and the Brazilian national team. Kaká started his footballing career at the age of eight, when he began playing for a local club. At the time, he also played tennis,[3] and it was not until he moved on to So Paulo FC and signed his first professional contract with the club at the age of 15 that he chose to focus on football. In 2003 he joined Milan for a fee of 8.5 million. While at Milan, Kaká won the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 2007. After his success with Milan, Kaká joined Real Madrid for a world record fee of 56 million, smashing the previous record of Zidane, 49 million.[4] Kaká's record was later broken by Cristiano Ronaldo when he joined Real Madrid for a fee of 80 million. In addition to his contributions on the pitch, Kaká is known for his humanitarian work. In 2004, by the time of his appointment, he became the youngest ambassador of the UN World Food Programme.[5] | wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaká

12: Luis fabiano | Luís Fabiano enjoyed great success during two spells with Brazilian side So Paulo FC, with a disappointing period at French side Rennes sandwiched in between.[1] His strength on the ball, accurate finishing, and pace made him a vital part of the side that fell in the semi-finals of the 2004 Copa Libertadores de América. Luís Fabiano was labeled the "bad boy" of Brazilian football when playing for So Paulo after a number of brawls. During a 2003 Copa Sudamericana match for So Paulo against River Plate of Argentina, a fight between the players broke out. Luís Fabiano ran behind a River player and kicked him just below the neck. While being escorted off the field, Luís Fabiano said that he "would rather fight than take a penalty."[2] He was given a three-match ban from all competitions. | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lu%C3%ADs_Fabiano

14: ronaldo | Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima (Portuguese pronunciation: [onawdu luiz nazaiu di lim]; born 18 September 1976[1]), commonly known as Ronaldo, is a retired Brazilian footballer who last played for Corinthians. He is widely considered by experts and fans as one of the greatest football players of all time.[2]. He won his first Ballon d'Or as the European Footballer of the Year in 1997 (aged only 21) and again won the award in 2002 (26 years old). Additionally, he is one of only three men to have won the FIFA Player of the Year award three times, along with French footballer Zinedine Zidane and Argentine striker Lionel Messi. In 2007, he was named as one of the best starting eleven of all-time by France Football and was named to the FIFA 100, a list of the greatest footballers compiled by fellow countryman Pelé. In 2010, he was voted Goal.com's "Player of the Decade" in an online poll, gathering 43.63 percent of all votes[3] and was also included as centre forward in the "Team of the Decade".[4] On 23 February 2010, Ronaldo announced that he would retire after the 2011 season, signing a two-year contract extension with the Corinthians at the same time.[5] Ronaldo has played for Brazil in 98 international matches, scoring 62 goals. He was a part of the Brazilian squad that won the 1994 and 2002 World Cups. During the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Ronaldo became the highest goalscorer in the history of the World Cup with his fifteenth goal, surpassing Gerd Müller's previous record of 14. He is also the only player to have won the World Cup Golden Ball and Golden Boot in separate tournaments. Having suffered a string of serious injuries throughout his career, Ronaldo retired on 14 February 2011, citing pain and hypothyroidism as the reasons for his premature retirement.[6] | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronaldo

16: pele | Edson Arantes do Nascimento (name given as Edison on birth certificate, born 21 October 1940 (however, Pelé himself claims that he was born on 23 October) [1][4]), known by his nickname Pelé (Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation: [pel]), is a retired Brazilian footballer. He is widely regarded as one of the best football players of all time.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14] In 1999, he was voted Football Player of the Century by the IFFHS International Federation of Football History and Statistics. In the same year French weekly magazine France-Football consulted their former "Ballon D'Or" winners to elect the Football Player of the Century. Pelé came in first position.[15] In 1999 the International Olympic Committee named Pelé the "Athlete of the Century".[16] In his career he scored 760 official goals, 541 in league championships, making him the top scorer of all time. In total Pelé scored 1281 goals in 1363 games.[17] In his native Brazil, Pelé is hailed as a national hero.[18][19] He is known for his accomplishments and contributions to the game of football.[20] He is also acknowledged for his vocal support of policies to improve the social conditions of the poor (when he scored his 1,000th goal he dedicated it to the poor children of Brazil).[21] During his career, he became known as "The King of Football" (O Rei do Futebol), "The King Pelé" (O Rei Pelé) or simply "The King" (O Rei).[22] | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pel%C3%A9

18: rafael | Rafael Márquez Álvarez (born 13 February 1979 in Zamora, Michoacán) is a Mexican footballer who plays for New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer and the Mexico national team. He plays as a centre back or defensive midfielder. He spent over a decade playing in France and Spain and is considered one of the best Mexican defenders of all time. He won numerous titles with Monaco and FC Barcelona. After winning the 2006 UEFA Champions League with Barcelona, he became the first Mexican to win the honour, something Mexican legend Hugo Sánchez was not able to do while playing for Real Madrid. | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafael_M%C3%A1rquez

20: neymar | On 30 December 2010, Neymar came third behind Andrés D'Alessandro and Juan Sebastián Verón for the 2010 South American Footballer of the Year. However, a year later, on 31 December 2011, he won the 2011 South American Footballer of the Year award for the first time, by a record margin, following in the footstep's of Diego Maradona, Romário, Pelé and Zico.[2] Neymar received nominations for the FIFA Ballon d'Or and FIFA Puskás Award in 2011, where he came out 10th for the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or award and won the 2011 FIFA Puskás Award for scoring a sensational solo goal of the season in the Brasileiro Série A against Flamengo[3]. He is known for his acceleration, speed, exceptional dribbling, finishing in front on goal and technical ability. His playing style and diminutive stature has earned critical acclaim, which has led to the fans, media and player's having drawn comparisons to both 3-time Ballon d'Or winning FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Santos and Brazil legend Pelé, who himself declared Neymar as "an excellent player".[4] Neymar began playing football at a young age, where his skill and potential was realized by Santos, whom he joined in 2003 Where he made way through developing and performing in their youth Academy. Making his debut in on 7 March 2009. Piazón is a Brazilian international, having represented Brazil at Under-17, Under-20 and senior levels. | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neymar

22: About the Authors | Brian I am Brian I am 11 years old. My favorite sport is soccer and I like playing. My favorite color is yellow. There are 5 persons in my family. My favorite player is ronaldinho

23: Sebastian i am 11 years old. my favorite color is purple. my favorite sport is soccer. i like to play soccer. i am nice

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