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Brazil’s Ronaldo confirms to buy boyhood club Cruzeiro

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Brazil’s Ronaldo confirms to buy boyhood club Cruzeiro

Brazil’s Ronaldo confirms to buy boyhood club Cruzeiro

Former Brazil striker Ronaldo confirmed on Saturday that he will buy Cruzeiro, the club where he made his professional debut but has been in Brazil’s Serie B for two seasons. “I am very happy that we have closed the deal,” the 45-year-old said in a video posted on social media by club president Sergio Santos Rodrigues. “I have a lot to give back to Cruzeiro, to take Cruzeiro where they deserve to be”, Ronaldo added while holding a club shirt with the number 9 and the nickname “Phenomenon” on the back.

“We have so much work ahead of us. I ask the supporters to connect once more with the club, to go to the stadium, because we need great strength and unity. We have a lot of work and ambitions to remake Cruzeiro. There is nothing to celebrate yet, but we have big ambitions.” he said according to Goal.com.

It has been reported in football news that O Fenomeno would be purchasing a majority stake in Cruzeiro worth R$400 million (£53m/$70m) to become the club’s shareholder. He already has a control package, having been bought in 2018 at Spanish club Valladolid, who were relegated to the second division last season.

Ronaldo, who hails from Rio de Janeiro, joined Cruzeiro in Belo Horizonte and began his professional career in 1993 at the age of 16. He scored 56 goals in 58 games for the club, bringing him to the 1994 World Cup in the United States, where he won the winning medal without playing a minute. After the World Cup, Cruzeiro sold Ronaldo to PSV Eindhoven.

He continued to shine at Barcelona, ​​Inter Milan, Real Madrid and AC Milan before ending his career at Corinthians in Sao Paulo in 2011. In the 2002 World Cup, he scored eight goals in seven matches, while Brazil won again. Ronaldo was voted FIFA World Player of the Year three times and received the Golden Ball twice.

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