Brazilian Soccer Legend Ronaldo Baptised, Affirms Faith’s Role in His Life

Amid the Grand Final season across many sports in Australia, an intriguing story from Brazil emerges as one of the nation’s soccer icons, Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima, known simply as “Ronaldo,” publicly reveals his recent baptism at the Catholic Church of Sao Jose in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In a private ceremony, the famed footballer affirmed his faith, declaring, “Today is a very special day. I was baptised!” 

Faith has long played a crucial role in Ronaldo’s life, describing it as a “fundamental part” of his existence. With the sacrament of baptism, he expressed feeling “truly regenerated as a child of God,” deepening his connection to his faith. 

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Ronaldo’s illustrious soccer career has earned him a place among the sport’s all-time greats, with numerous accolades, including two Ballon d’Or awards and three FIFA Player of the Year titles. He played a pivotal role in Brazil’s World Cup victories in 1994 and 2002. 

Despite his recent baptism, Ronaldo grew up within a Catholic milieu, marked by church traditions and symbols. He received Confirmation and First Holy Communion on the same day, cementing his bond with the Catholic Church. 

The intersection of faith and sports is not unique to Ronaldo. Another soccer legend, Lionel Messi, who led Argentina to victory in the 2022 World Cup, also holds firm Catholic beliefs, evident in his tattoos and gestures of faith on and off the field. 

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Even Cristiano Ronaldo, renowned as the highest-scoring professional footballer of all time and often considered the greatest player in the sport’s history, emphasises the importance of Catholic faith, prayer, and moral values in his life and career. 

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Returning to NT, a heartwarming local story unfolds as a 16-year-old student Emmanuel Kipyator from Kenya, to Alice Springs, now Mary Mackillop Catholic College graces the field during the Under 17 2023 Grand Final. With a heartfelt display of prayer and the sign of the cross, the young athlete’s faith is evident. His actions culminate in a goal that seals the victory, exemplifying the enduring connection between faith and sports. 

Student Emmanuel Kipyator from Mary Mackillop Catholic College Darwin