The two-footed versatile Brazilian central defender was today announced as a free transfer signing for FC Schalke ’04 on a 2-year deal with an option of a further season from former Bundesliga outfit VFL Wolfsburg.
Ronaldo Aparecido Rodrigues, who has made four appearances for Brazil, played 173 Bundesliga games for Werder Bremen after moving from Juventude Caxias do Sul in 2005, helping them win the German Cup in 2009.
He then joined Wolfsburg in 2012, scoring 16 goals in 125 league games and winning the German Cup again in 2015.
Naldo said on Schalke’s official website : “I had a fantastic time at Wolfsburg with great successes. I will always have the club and the city in my heart.
“Everyone at VfL knows just how much this club means to me. But in our talks [Schalke sporting executive] Christian Heidel caught my imagination so that I now have a great hunger for this challenge to be successful with this really good team at Schalke.”
Cristian Heidel [ Schalke’s Sporting Director ] added: “When we learned that Naldo is available we immediately were after him. It was very important to win such an experienced player for our young, talented and developable squad.”
He stands at 1.98 metres tall and this height, combined with his jumping and heading ability, make him a big threat in aerial contests. He is also well known for his set piece skill and according to Brazil national team manager DUNGA, Naldo can hit the ball in excess of 60 mph using the cannonball free kick method associated with other pros such as Roberto Carlos, Alex and Adriano.