Cafu, Dunga to Rivaldo - Who were Ronaldo's teammates in his debut game for Brazil?

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Ronaldo made his international debut against arch-rivals Argentina

Widely regarded as one of the greatest strikers to have ever graced the game, legendary Brazilian footballer Ronaldo made his international debut on March 23, 1994, against arch-rivals Argentina in an international friendly.

The Selecao won the game 2-0 as Ronaldo started on the bench. He came on as a substitute in the 80th minute.

El Fenomeno, as he was fondly known, has played for 17 years donning the famous yellow shirt. He scored 62 international goals in 98 appearances.

So who were his teammates on his international debut and where are they now?

  1. Zetti - Goalkeeper

    Zetti - Goalkeeper

    Zetti had a 18-year long professional career spanning between 1983 to 2001 where he played for clubs like Palmeiras, Santos and Sao Paulo. He represented the Brazil national team for four years from 1993 to 1997 and played 17 international matches for the Selecao. He was part of Brazil's 1994 World Cup winning squad.

    After retirement, he managed several Brazilian top division clubs like Bahia, Atletico Mineiro and Parana.

  2. Cafu - Right-Back
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    Cafu - Right-Back

    The legendary defender played for clubs like AS Roma and AC Milan. At Milan, Cafu had won the Champions League in the 2006-07 season. With Brazil, Cafu won the World Cup twice (1994 and 2002) and was the captain of the Brazilian side at the 2002 World Cup. Cafu retired from professional football in 2008. He is currently one of the legacy ambassadors of the Qatar World Cup 2022.

  3. Ricardo Gomes - Centre-Back
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    Ricardo Gomes - Centre-Back

    The former PSG and Benfica centre-back represented Brazil in 45 international matches between 1984 to 1994. Post-retirement, Gomes managed clubs like PSG, Fluminense and AS Monaco. He last managed Bordeaux in the Ligue 1 during the 2018-19 season. He had also worked as Santos’ director of football.

  4. Ricardo Rocha - Centre-Back

    Ricardo Rocha - Centre-Back

    Rocha played for several South American and European clubs including LaLiga giants Real Madrid during his professional career. He played in 38 international matches donning the Brazil shirt. After retiring in 1999, he took up coaching and managed Santa Cruz and CRB.

  5. Branco - Left-Back
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    Branco - Left-Back

    The full-back played for clubs like Fluminense, Gremio, Flamengo and Corinthians and even played in Portugal and England for FC Porto and Middlesbrough respectively. Branco’s international career spanned between 1985 to 1995 when he appeared in 72 international matches scoring nine goals.

    After retirement, he went into coaching and managed clubs like Figueirense, Sobradinho, and Guarani. He also served as the general manager of Brazil’s national youth teams and also took up the same role at Fluminense in 2007. In 2021, Branco was hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19 and was placed on a ventilator but later recovered.

  6. Rai - Ring-Wing

    Rai - Ring-Wing

    The attacker played for PSG, Botafogo and Sao Paulo during his professional career and appeared in 49 international matches for the Selecao.

    After retirement, Rai became a social activist and justice campaigner. He was also involved in two philanthropic organisations. He is the younger brother of Brazil legend Socrates.

  7. Dunga - Defensive Midfielder
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    Dunga - Defensive Midfielder

    The 1994 World Cup-winning captain represented Brazil in 91 international matches between 1987 to 1998. Dunga played for clubs like Santos, Vasco da Gama, Fiorentina and VFB Stuttgart.

    After retirement, he managed the Brazilian national team in two spells. In his first stint (2006 to 2010), he lead Brazil to Copa America and Confederations Cup triumphs and took them to the quarterfinal of the 2010 World Cup. He again re-joined the national team in 2014 and managed them for two more years.

  8. Mauro Silva - Central Midfielder

    Mauro Silva - Central Midfielder

    The former Deportivo La Coruna midfielder played 59 international matches for Brazil and was part of Brazil’s World Cup-winning team in 1994. He also won Copa America in 1997. In 2016, Mauro Silva was chosen as the best player in the history of Deportivo by the club fans.

    Afterwards, he created a consulting company for investors in construction which has its headquarters in São Paolo.

  9. Zinho - Left-Wing

    Zinho - Left-Wing

    The Flamengo youth product made his professional debut for the club in 1986 and played for six seasons. He came back to the club in 2004 and played for one more season. In between, Zinho played for clubs like Palmeiras, Flamengo and Miami FC in the USA. He played 57 international matches for Brazil.

    After retirement, he joined Miami FC as their manager and was in charge of the club for three years. He also managed Brazilian club Nova Iguaçu and was Vasco da Gama’s assistant during the 2015-16 season.

  10. Bebeto - Forward
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    Bebeto - Forward

    Another Brazilian legend and an integral part of their 1994 World Cup-winning side, Bebeto played for clubs like Flamengo, Vasco da Gama, Deportivo la Coruna and Sevilla. He last played for Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad before retiring in 2002. He played 75 international matches donning the Brazil shirt.

    After retirement, he briefly managed the Brazilian side America Football Club but his stint lasted just two months.

  11. Muller - Forward
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    Muller - Forward

    The forward played for all the major Brazilian clubs like Sao Paulo, Santos, Corinthians and Cruzeiro and also plied his trade in Asia with Japanese club Kashiwa Reysol. He played for the Brazil national team from 1986 to 1998 and appeared in 56 international matches.

    After retirement, Muller took up coaching roles at Brazilian clubs Gremio Maringa, Sinop and Imbituba. He also worked as a television pundit.

  12. Rivaldo - Substitute

    Rivaldo - Substitute

    The Brazilian attacker joined Barcelona in 1997 and spent five seasons at the club. Other than Barcelona, he played for clubs like AC Milan, Palmeiras, Corinthians and Olympiacos. He retired from professional football in 2015 after spending a season at Brazilian fourth division side Mogi Mirim.

  13. Ronaldo - Substitute

    Ronaldo - Substitute

    One of the greatest strikers to have graced the game, Ronaldo played for European giants like Inter Milan, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and AC Milan. Ronaldo retired from professional football in 2011. With Brazil, he won two World Cups (1994 and 2002).

    In 2018, the legendary striker became the majority owner of Spanish second division side Real Valladolid in September 2018, after buying 51 per cent of the club’s shares for a total amount of €30m.

  14. Leonardo - Substitute

    Leonardo - Substitute

    The former PSG and AC Milan attacker represented Brazil for a long time and has 55 caps to his name.

    After retirement, Leonardo managed both the Milan giants AC Milan and Inter Milan and was also in charge of Turkish club Antalyaspor. He also served PSG as their sporting director in two stints (2011 to 2013 and 2018 to 2022).

  15. Mazinho - Substitute
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    Mazinho - Substitute

    Mazinho spent a lot of his professional career in Spain playing for Valencia, Celta Vigo and Elche. He also played at clubs like Fiorentina and Vasco da Gama. He appeared in 35 international matches for Brazil scoring 16 goals.

    After retirement, he managed Greek club Aris for a brief period in 2009. Mazinho is the father of Liverpool star Thiago and his brother Rafinha.

  16. Carlos Mozer - Substitute
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    Carlos Mozer - Substitute

    The former Benfica and Marseille defender played in 34 international matches for Brazil between 1983 to 1994.

    After retirement, Carlos Mozer managed Interclube, Raja Casablanca, Naval and Portimonense.