Ronaldo Aparecido Rodrigues
(born 10 September 1982), commonly known as Naldo
, is a Brazilian footballer
currently playing for German Bundesliga
club Werder Bremen
and the Brazilian national team
He plays as a versatile two-footed central defender, signing in the summer of 2005, to replace Valérien Ismaël
who left for Bayern Munich
. However, he is capable of playing right across the back line.
He played in all but two of Bremen's Bundesliga games in 2005–06 and in seven of their eight Champions League
fixtures. 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
In the 2006–07 season, he scored a hat-trick against Eintracht Frankfurt
. The match ended 6–2.
He recently broke into the Brazilian national team and has earned himself several caps, along with some great performances. Coach Dunga has reported to have been very happy with Naldo's games, which has earned him a place in the first XI.
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.
During his first few weeks at Bremen fans likened him to an Ox
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