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Acquired: Signed on June 30, 2014 as Designated Player. Loaned to former club São Paulo for final six months of 2014.
Professional: One of the most decorated players of his era … Former FIFA World Player of the Year and UEFA Champions League scoring champion … Began career with São Paulo from 2001-03 … Joined AC Milan in 2003 and was nominated for the FIFA World Player of the Year award in his first season as AC Milan won what proved to be his only Serie A title … Voted top midfielder of the 2004-05 UEFA Champions League, despite AC Milan losing to Liverpool on penalty kicks in the final … Scored 10 goals in the 2006-07 UEFA Champions League to lead the competition and win his first title as AC Milan beat Liverpool in the final … Was named 2006-07 UEFA Club Footballer of the Year and 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year … Led AC Milan to 2007 FIFA Club World Cup championship, scoring the third goal in a 4-2 win over Boca Juniors in the final … Standout performer and World Player of the Year nominee in his final two seasons in Milan, totaling 31 goals in league play in those two years before moving to Real Madrid prior to 2009-10 season … Missed eight months of 2010-11 season after undergoing knee surgery … Helped Real Madrid to 2011-12 La Liga title; club finished second to Barcelona in his other three seasons in Spain … Returned to AC Milan prior to the 2013-14 season and appeared in 30 Serie A games, but Milan finished a disappointing eighth.
International: Brazil international (87 caps, 29 goals) … 2002 FIFA World Cup champion and two-time Confederations Cup champion … Named to Brazilian World Cup roster in 2002, 2006 and 2010 and won Confederations Cup with Brazil in 2005 and 2009 … Also participated in 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup as captain of Brazil U-23 team that reached the final, scoring both goals in quarterfinal win over Colombia and 89th-minute game-tying goal in 2-1 overtime semifinal win over US … Made his debut for Brazil in January 2002 … Appeared in one game as Brazil won 2002 World Cup title … Appeared in all five games and scored in the final of the 2005 Confederations Cup … Scored first goal for Brazil in 2006 World Cup against Croatia but team was eliminated in quarterfinals … Missed 2007 Copa America due to fatigue … Led Brazil to 2009 Confederations Cup title, winning Golden Ball as player of the tournament and Man of the Match honors in the final, a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the US … Produced three assists in the 2010 World Cup despite missing a match after receiving a second yellow card against Ivory Coast … After making sporadic appearances in friendlies in 2012 and 2013, was not named to the roster for the 2014 World Cup but attended the opening match as a fan.
Personal: Holds dual Italian and Brazilian citizenship … Married to Carolina Celico, and the couple has two children: Luca and Isabella … Brother, Digão, was on the New York Red Bulls roster from 2012-13 but did not appear in a league match … Close friends with MLS veteran Marcelo Saragosa, with whom he played youth soccer at São Paulo.