On This Day: June 30

On this day in sport, a brace from Ronaldo lead Brazil to a 2-0 victory over Germany in the FIFA World Cup final while star-swimmer Michael Phelps and the hard-hitting Mike Tyson were born.

Ronaldo leads Brazil to World Cup title number five


On June 30 in 2002 Brazil played Germany in the final of the FIFA World Cup at the International Stadium in Yokohama.

A classy double from the prolific Ronaldo proved more than enough to get Brazil over the line on football’s biggest stage for the fifth time, having previously won in 1958, 1962, 1970 and 1994.

However, that is the last time they have won the tournament to date.

Ronaldo would go on to finish his international career with an impressive tally of 62 goals in 98 matches.

Phelps is born


On June 30 in 1985, Phelps entered the world and what a 31 years it has been since.

The American is the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals in three Olympiads.

Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals (18), Olympic gold medals in individual events (11), and Olympic medals in individual events for a male (13).

Having previously retired, Phelps is set to compete again for Olympic glory later this year in Rio where he will renew his intense rivalry with South African sensation Chad Le Clos.

Tyson is born


On June 30 in 1966, Lorna Mae Smith gave birth to boxing sensation Tyson.

Tyson’s career was littered with controversy which stemmed from countless unsavory incidents that he was a part of, however the man known as Iron was the toughest and most successful of competitors.

He held the undisputed world heavyweight championship and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at 20 years, four months, and 22 days old.

Sporting Birthdays

1969: Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lankan cricketer
1975: Ralf Schumacher, German Formula 1 race car driver
1985: Fabiana Vallejos, Argentine footballer