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Brazil legend Ronaldo retires from football


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Brazilian legend Ronaldo has confirmed his retirement from football.

The 34-year-old had a glittering career, helping Brazil win two World Cups and being named Fifa World Player of the Year in 1996, 1997 and 2002.

He had been expected to quit at the end of the season but the early elimination of his club, Corinthians, from the Copa Libertadores brought forward the date.

"I wanted to continue, but I can't. I think of an action, but I can't do it the way I want to. It's time," he said.

Ronaldo's career took him to some of Europe's top clubs, including Spanish rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid, as well as Italian neighbours AC Milan and Inter Milan.

But it was on the world stage where he made the biggest impact, scoring a record total of 15 goals at three World Cups.

He also went to the 1994 tournament in the United States as a member of the Brazilian squad that went on to win the trophy, but the 17-year-old did not get on the pitch.

However, four years later he scored four goals to help Brazil reach the final against hosts France.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/9396646.stm

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wow :blink:

only 34? is that even old for a soccer player?

Yes; most soccer players retire in their 30s.

Moreover, Ronaldo has had to cope with serious injuries during his career... That didn't stop him from being one of the best forwards to have played the game, however.

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Forwards tend to retire earlier than more defensive players.

And crazy guys like Roberto Carlos are like 37 and are still kicking butt

yeah Ronaldo's weight has definitely been an issue though in this decision, supposedly the weight comes from the tablets helping his knee.

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He was an incredible player. But his passage in PSV Heindoven have sealed his future. The way he got so much muscle in so little time, using stero?ds, damaged his knees for ever. From that moment on it was invitable that he'll be injured a lot in his carreer. But he was, undoubtedly, the ultimate prototype of the striker from the late 90' and the early 00's.

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