Here’s YouTube’s first video to reach 1 million views

Ronaldinho Gaúcho in Barcelona shirt
Ronaldinho Gaúcho in Barcelona shirt

In the wake of YouTube Chief Executive and one of Google’s first employees, Susan Wojcicki’s step down from her role to focus on health, family and other interest, we take a look at Ronaldinho Gaúcho’s video which earned the platform its first one million views.

Ronaldinho Gaúcho was a successful player at club and international level wining the FIFA World Cup with Brazil, UEFA Champions League with Barcelona, La Liga with Barcelona, Serie A with Milan and the Ballon d’Or.

More than his trophies, it was his grin which enchanted fans and opponents alike. His dribbling skill was sublime as was his free kicks.

Little wonder then that his video of repeatedly hitting the crossbar became YouTube’s first ever million viewed video. The video was originally posted to YouTube by Nike on October 21, 2005.

While Messi and Cristiano have captured the imagination with their gifts, many fondly remember the little Ronaldo who cultivated new followers for the game we all love.

On February 14, 2005, YouTube was launched by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim. Neal Mohan takes over from Wojcicki. He’s been with Google since 2008 and will be expected to repel the onslaught from TikTok and Facebook’s Reels as well as streaming services like Netflix.


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