What happened to Ronaille Calheira, the Brazilian striker who failed to measure up with Universitario?

In the 2008 season of the first division of Peruvian soccer, Sport Ancash was reinforced with the center forward Ronaille Calheira. The Brazilian managed to stand out with the Green Menace by scoring 16 goals in the local tournament and one in the Copa Sudamericana. Those numbers led Universitario de Deportes to notice him and sign him for 2009.

Although the creams were champions in said edition of the championship with figures such as Piero Alva, ‘Fito’ Espinoza and Nolberto Solano, Calheira’s performance was not what was expected, since, in seven games played, he only scored two goals: one against Total Chalaco and another against Freedom from Paraguay for Copa Libertadores.

After leaving the ‘U’, the Brazilian continued wearing cream at the León de Huánuco; he later signed for América de Cali and Atlético Huila de Colombia. He then walked his football around Bolivia, China, Brazil, Malta, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Albania; and returned to Peru to play for Deportivo Hualgayoc in the second division. By 2019 he signed with Cultural Santa Rosa (now Los Chankas). Finally, his last club had him in his homeland, Desportiva Juazeirense of the Brazilian regional championship.

In 2021, Ronaille announced his retirement from football: “There are many moments, many stories, but the certainty I have is that I will always carry the passion for football in my heart and the joy on the faces of the fans through the stands” He shared on his Instagram account.

The former soccer player did not move away from the beautiful game and studied to be a coach. He even got to have his first experience with Grapiuna Atlético Clube from Brazil. However, Calheira is also part of the Mayor’s Office of Itabuna-Bahía, in the Sports area, he told Infobae.