Brazilian Ronaldo announces retirement date | inside World Soccer

Brazilian Ronaldo announces retirement date

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Two-time World Cup winner Ronaldo announced on Monday he will retire from professional football at the end of next year.

The 33-year-old striker has inked a new contract with Corinthians which expires on December 2011, after which he will call time on his successful career of more than 17 years.

He told the club's website: "I have extended my contract for another two years and that will be the last of my career.

"I want to give my best, have fun and finish with some major achievements."

As to his future after he hangs up his boots, Ronaldo's agent Fabiano Farah said: "Ronaldo will become a representative of Corinthians abroad.

"We will combine his name and the importance it has with the strength of the club."

When he finally retires, Ronaldo will be remembered as one of the greatest footballers of all time, with a scoring rate of approaching a goal a game while plying his trade with top European club sides PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Real Madrid and both Inter and AC Milan.

Ronaldo, who was the FIFA player of the year in 1996, 1997 and 2002, helped Brazil win the World Cup in 1994 and 2002, and has scored 62 goals in 97 international games.

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