Ronaldo's farewell to Brazilian national team set for Romania friendly

09:21, March 03, 2011      

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Ronaldo is set to bid his final farewell to football in a friendly against Romania in Sao Paulo on June 7, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said Wednesday.

Ronaldo, 34, announced on February 14 that he would be retiring from the sport, citing fatigue and a hypothyroid problem which played havoc with his weight.

"Ronaldo deserves a farewell match, and Brazilian fans deserve even more to see him for the last time in the shirt of the Brazilian national team," Ricardo Teixeira, president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), said in a statement Wednesday.

The match is to be played at Pacaembu stadium in Sao Paulo three days after Brazil play the Netherlands in another friendly in the city of Goiania.

"I am sure it will be a great party, fit for the career of this major star, one of the greatest I've ever seen," Teixeira said.

Over an 18-year career, Ronaldo was three times the FIFA World Player of the Year (1996, 1997 and 2002), he won two World Cups with Brazil (1994 and 2002), and he became the top scorer in the history of the World Cup, with a total of 15 goals. He scored 97 goals in the Brazil shirt.

After his retirement, Ronaldo was appointed a member of the city of Sao Paulo's organizing committee ahead of the Brazil 2014 football World Cup.

Source: Xinhua
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