Ronaldo tore a tendon in his knee during an Italian league match with AC Milan on Wednesday and was carried off the field in tears. In 2002, he redeemed himself for his 1998 failures, having won the World Cup that eluded him. Ronaldo won a pair of World Cups and scored plenty of goals along the way.
Ronaldo's injury, though, is likely the end even if he does return. The way he played and his moves and agility, there's no way a rehabilitated knee could withstand that.
I was lucky enough to see him play in the World Cup, twice actually, in 2002. I was at U.S.-Brazil in 2001 (a friendly at the Rose Bowl) but can't remember if he played. Ronaldinho played, I believe. I was also at Real Madrid-Galaxy in 2005, and I know for sure that he did not play. In fact, his absence was a bit strange. Oh well. There were plenty of other stars there that day.
It's too bad, though, that we didn't get to see him in MLS. I never really thought it would happen, just figured he'd have too much interest in playing in Europe to keep him there. But it would have brought added exposure to the league and given us another star player to watch week in and week out.
And, who knows, it may have prolonged his career.