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The Phenomenon: Ronaldo documentary release date, how to watch and full details on DAZN’s film about Brazil football legend

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A World Cup at 17 and two world-record transfers and the Ballon d’Or at 21 are only part of the story of Ronaldo, the Brazil legend who was once the most feared player in the world and a talent the like of which football had never been seen before.

At Cruzeiro, PSV and Barcelona, Ronaldo averaged more than a goal a game, usually proving unstoppable with his extraordinary speed, skill and power.

Ronaldo’s supernatural talent was accompanied by his allure off the pitch, where he became one of the most sought-after and heavily-marketed players in the world at a time when the sport was yet to become beset by outlandish commercialism and investing.

Now Ronaldo has said that a new documentary will tell “the true story of my career”. Here’s when you can watch it, how to find it and what we know about it so far.

WATCH: The Phenomenon: Ronaldo documentary on DAZN

The Phenomenon: Ronaldo release date

The feature premiered with Ronaldo in attendance in Madrid on October 14, 2022 and becomes available for the first time in November.

In the UK, it will be shown on BBC4 on Tuesday, November 15.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and manager Carlo Ancelotti were among the audience who watched the first screening.

Despite being plagued by injury problems during his time at Madrid between 2002 and 2007, Ronaldo won La Liga twice during his time at the club and was the top scorer in the Spanish top flight for the 2003-04 season.

How to watch The Phenomenon: Ronaldo

The film is available to watch on DAZN.

A subscription costs £7.99 a month in the UK, $19.99 a month or $99.99 a year in the US, $24.99 a month or $199.99 a year in Canada and $13.99 a month in Australia.

What is The Phenomenon: Ronaldo?

One of the preview clips of the film shows fellow Brazil legend Roberto Carlos likening Ronaldo at his peak to a pop star and looking back on the immense early success that made him synonymous with brands such as Nike.

There are goals from his early years in Brazil, his time at PSV after being part of his country’s World Cup-winning squad in 1994 and his explosively brilliant exploits after joining Barcelona for a then-record £17.4 million ($19.5m).

The full title of the film, however, is The Rise, Fall & Redemption of Ronaldo, and there are plenty of less pleasing storylines to follow across the goalscoring genius’s career.

Perhaps the most memorable for many fans at the time is the immediate build-up to the 1998 World Cup final, when Ronaldo was reported to have suffered a convulsive fit in the team hotel hours before the showpiece.

Ronaldo was named player of the tournament but was anonymous by his standards in the final as Brazil were deposed 3-0 by hosts France.

Roberto Carlos had been Ronaldo’s roommate and the pair discuss the incident in the film. The pressures Ronaldo faced as a young man with masses of fans awaiting him wherever he went are also reflected upon.

“I still have airport trauma today,” Ronaldo says at one point alongside footage of a frenzy as he tries to make his way out of a screaming, crammed crowd. “And it’s probably because of those trips.”

Legendary defender Paolo Maldini says he considers Ronaldo, Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi among the greatest players of all time, but Ronaldo’s career would suffer a cruel blow early in the 1999-2000 season with Inter Milan, where he had been in consistently sensational form since joining the club in 1997.

A knee injury sustained by Ronaldo was so bad that it left physios reeling. After two operations and the best part of three seasons out, Ronaldo returned to win the World Cup and a second Ballon d’Or in 2002, but injuries, fitness and weight issues would lead to a swift decline in his career after early success following his move to Madrid.

The film follows on from DAZN show El Presidente, which took viewers inside Ronaldo’s time as president of Real Valladolid from 2018, pumping millions into the Liga club he still owns.

It is also the first of three World Cup commissions by DAZN, which will release Green Lions – a story about Cameroon’s impressive 1990 World Cup side – and Maradona 94: The Fall, covering the Argentina icon’s controversial campaign at the 1994 World Cup.

Credit: sportingnews.com

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