List of Famous people born in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, commonly known as Ronaldinho Gaúcho or simply Ronaldinho, is a Brazilian former professional footballer and current ambassador for Barcelona. He played mostly as an attacking midfielder, but was also deployed as a winger. Often considered one of the best players of his generation and regarded by many as one of the greatest of all time, Ronaldinho won two FIFA World Player of the Year awards and a Ballon d'Or. A global icon of the sport, he was renowned for his technical skills, creativity and dribbling ability, as well as his use of tricks, feints, overhead kicks, no-look passes and accuracy from free-kicks.
Raphael Dias Belloli, known as Raphinha, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Leeds United and the Brazil national team.
Cláudio André Mergen Taffarel is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and is the goalkeeping coach of the Brazil national team and Galatasaray. During an 18-year career he played professionally for five different clubs in both Brazil and Europe. He began his senior career in 1985 with Brazilian side Internacional, whereas his latter clubs were Parma, Reggiana, Atlético Mineiro, and Galatasaray; he ended his career in 2003, after a second spell with Italian team Parma.
Renato Portaluppi, known as Renato Gaúcho, is a Brazilian football coach and former footballer. He is the manager of Grêmio.
Alex Nicolao Telles, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a left-back for Premier League club Manchester United and the Brazil national team.
Douglas Costa de Souza is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a winger for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, on loan from Serie A club Juventus, and the Brazil national team. He is known for his dribbling skills, speed, acceleration, and crossing ability.
Marina Alcalde Rodriguez is a Brazilian mixed martial artist (MMA). She currently competes in the Strawweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of October 25, 2021, she is #3 in the UFC women's strawweight rankings and as of November 23, 2021, she is #8 in UFC women's pound-for-pound rankings.
Alisson Ramses Becker is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Liverpool and the Brazil national team. In 2019 he was named The Best FIFA Goalkeeper and was also the recipient of the inaugural Yashin Trophy.
Carlos Henrique Raposo, commonly known as Carlos Kaiser, is a Brazilian former footballer who played as a striker. Although his abilities were far short of professional standard, he managed to sign for numerous teams during his decade-long career. He never actually played a regular game and hid his limited ability with injuries, frequent team changes and other ruses.
Róger Krug Guedes, known as Róger Guedes, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Shandong Luneng Taishan as a forward.