Hypothyroidism is the low production of hormones by thyroid. The main symptoms are fatigue, depression and weight gain. Last Monday it ended the career of one of the greatest players in football history. In tears, Ronaldo officially announced his retirement. The player revealed that suffers from hypothyroidism and blamed the constant pain in the body for his decision to retire, which will happen at the end of the year.
The beginning of Ronald’s started in São Cristovão, a club from Rio de Janeiro. In 1993, he was signed up by Cruise for a paltry $10,000, where he got his career off the ground. In 44 matches for mining team, he bagged 44 goals.
It was a meteoric rise for the promising striker, aged just 17 he was called up by Carlos Alberto Parreira and the media for the World Cup in 1994 to play for the national team. From the bench, he participated in the conquest of the world's fourth championship.
His entry into the European football was in the Netherlands, he played for PSV Eindhoven, where he scored 54 goals in 57games.
In 1996, the Brazilian was sold to Barcelona for $20 million. In the 1996-97 season, has scored 47 goals in 49 games.
Voted the world’s best player by FIFA in1996 and 1997, Ronaldo moved to Internazionale of Milan, for $36 million.
In the World Cup 1998, he hit the net four times, but what went down in history was the discomfort he suffered on the eve of the final with France, when he was rushed to hospital. He participated in the final… but did little in the 3-0 defeat.
In Italy he started to suffer with knee injuries. Two injuries happened in quick succession and he spent nearly 20 months away from the ball.
It was in the 2002 World Cup, under the suspicion of some of the fans and the press. Where he shone, he was the top scorer with eight goals and returned to being the world's best.
The success in Japan and South Korea led to Real Madrid snapping him up for $45 million. Between 2002 and 2007, scored 104 goals in177 games in Spain.
In the 2006 World Cup, he scored three goals and became the highest scorer of all time in World Cup finals.
From there, he began to fall from the heights. He moved to Milan for $9.5 million where he scored 9 goals in 20 matches. A new knee injury sidelined him the once again.
After nearly 15 seasons, Ronaldo returned to Brazilian football. Training with Flamengo but then frustrated the Flamengo fans by signing for Corinthians and for a long time he was called a traitor by Flamengo supporters.
After a first successful season in 2009 with titles in the Brazilian Cup and the Paulista Championship, the attacker lived through periods of difficulty, followed by physical problems and with two elimination in the Copa Libertadores. The last one earlier this year, generated a series of protests on the part of the Corinthians Fans.
Ronaldo will leave emptiness in football… but the hearts of the football fans and players will always remember him and his goals.