The original Ronaldo—the Brazilian one—could be set for a surprise return to playing action after the 38-year-old admitted he wants to turn out for NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers, the club at which he recently became a part-owner.
The two-time World Cup winner and Brazilian legend bought a minority stake in the Strikers—from America’s second tier—back in December, per Hamish Mackay in the Daily Mail, and he is now eager to lace up his boots once again, per Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl.
“I will try to play some games. This year I want to train a lot,” Ronaldo said. “The last three years I didn’t because I was too busy in other stuff. Maybe if we get to the final and I’m feeling good, why not? I will put my name in the NASL as an option.”
Ronaldo was widely regarded as one of the world’s best players in his pomp as he netted bags of goals playing for Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
However, he struggled with his fitness towards the end of his career and eventually hung up his boots in 2011, finishing his playing days at Brazilian club Corinthians.
By Rory Marsden , Featured Columnist