Brazilian legend Ronaldo has announced his plans to come out of retirement in order to play for American side Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
The now 38-year-old hasn’t played professionally since 2011 and is looking to get back in shape to return to football in time for the end of season playoffs.
Towards the end of his career Ronaldo became known for his size as much as his ability, but says he is training hard to ensure he reaches a desired weight before taking to the field once more.
The two-time World Cup winner has a stake in the team that play in the North American Soccer League and has expressed his desire to help them in the coming season. If the Strikers do reach the playoffs, Ronaldo won’t actually play until November.
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Ronaldo said: “I have already said so. But it’s going to be a bit later, in the play-offs. For now, we are organising it all, but I am going to have a [weight] goal.”
He initially ended his playing days with Corinthians almost four years ago, having enjoyed a remarkable career. The 1996, 1997 and 2002 world player of the year was one of the best of his generation, playing for Barcelona, Internazionale, Real Madrid and Milan.
As the old saying goes, ‘form is temporary but class is permanent’, so hopefully that applies to the legendary striker when he comes out of retirement to play in the NASL.
Let's hope he is able to show he still has the talent and class he once had. Surely as good as he was, Ronaldo couldn’t have lost his eye for goal.