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Ronaldo wins £30,000 at professional poker event

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Despite his playing days being long over, former Brazilian striker Ronaldo is still breaking the records after he won £30,000 at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure event in the Bahamas.

Cashing in when he did meant that Ronaldo took 25th place out of 816 top players at the professional tournament, which placed him in the top four percent of the field. The World Cup winner and three-time FIFA Player of the Year broke Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia’s record of having gone further than any other sports star at the event.

Poker face

Ronaldo has a long standing history of making the incredibly difficult look easy and this achievement was no different. Some of the world’s top poker players were competing at the event and the former striker claimed some impressive victories over well known names in the industry.

As exciting as football

"I'm really excited, it's the same emotion I used to have at the soccer fields playing at the highest level," he said after the event. "The experience has been great, my first goal was to get a prize in a big tournament and I achieved that."

And he had quite a bit of support from twitter followers, who even created a hashtag for his stint at the tournament, including fellow sports-star turned professional poker player Sergio Garcia.

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Taking away £30,000 from the tournament may be nothing compared to what Ronaldo used to haul in as a footballer as he used to earn at least £100,000 per week when he was at his prime.

But his high finish in the Bahamas could prove to be vital stepping stone in his quest to win an event outright – a feat that is rewarded in the millions.

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