Report: Ronaldo set to announce his retirement
Three-time FIFA player of the year Ronaldo will announce his
retirement from football on Monday, according to a Brazilian
”It’s time,” Ronaldo was quoted as saying by the website of
the Estado de S. Paulo newspaper on Sunday. ”I can’t keep going. I
wanted to continue but I can’t. I think about making a play but I
can’t execute it.”
Ronaldo’s agent, Fabiano Farah, didn’t confirm the report but
told local media that it is a possibility. Corinthians has
announced a news conference for Monday afternoon at the team’s
headquarters, without giving further details.
Last week, the 34-year-old Ronaldo was heavily blamed by fans
for Corinthians’ disappointing elimination from the Copa
Libertadores, Latin America’s most important competition and the
only major tournament the Brazilian club is yet to win.
Supporters damaged players’ cars and threw rocks at the team’s
bus, and Ronaldo said at the time that the fan violence made his
consider putting an end to his career.
He had been expected to keep playing until the end of the year,
but he is visibly out of shape with his physical condition having
deteriorated. He has been struggling to play at a high level and
hadn’t scored a goal since last year.
If the retirement is confirmed, Ronaldo will be ending a stellar
He played in three World Cups and remains the tournament’s
all-time scoring leader with 15 goals. He helped Brazil win the
title in 2002 in South Korea and Japan, scoring twice in the
Ronaldo thrived in Europe after leaving Cruzeiro to PSV
Eindhoven in 1993, starring for Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid
and AC Milan before returning to Brazil at the beginning of 2009 to
recover from the third serious knee injury of his career. He won
the FIFA player of the year award in 1996, 1997 and 2002.
Ronaldo scored 62 goals in 97 internationals with Brazil, but
was never called up again to the national team after a
disappointing performance at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. There
were calls for his return to the squad after he helped Corinthians
win the 2009 Brazilian Cup, but he was never able to get back in
Ronaldo brought a lot of sponsors to Corinthians and is expected
to remain linked to the club’s football operations, at least until
his contract is set to expire at the end of the year.
His announcement to stop playing would come two days after
former Brazil teammate Roberto Carlos said he was leaving the club
because he and his family were being threatened by fans after the
Copa Libertadores elimination.