SAO PAULO - On Monday, at noon, Ronaldo announces the end of his career. Eighteen years after his debut for Cruzeiro, more than 400 goals in seven clubs and the national team, including fifteen goals in World Cups, and three times world player of (1996, 1997 and 2002), striker Corinthians gave in to fatigue. "Do not take it anymore," he said Sunday afternoon at the State . "I wanted to continue, but I can not. I think a move, but do not perform as I want. It's time. But it was beautiful as hell."
Ronaldo had the intention at the Corinthians to the end of 2011 season, but decided to reconsider the decision and anticipate the end of his career. However, it should follow the club's Park St. George in a role on the team leadership alvinegro.
Since last year, the phenomenon was already suffering from a dip in form on the pitch. I could not lose weight and it was increasingly possible to perceive the approaching of the moment he 'hangs up his boots. "
His best time was with Corinthians in 2009, when shone on the achievements of the Championship and the Cup of Brazil, before getting injured in the Brazilian Championship that year.
Career. Ronaldo began life in football Cruise in early 1990. Emerged as a playmaker and soon caught the interest of European football. Moved in 1994 to the PSV , Netherlands, and quickly became an international soccer star. In 1996, he moved to Spain and was playing at Barcelona .
The Catalan club, lived some of the best moments of his career. In 1996 and 1997, won the Golden Ball in FIFA as the best footballer on the planet, and became the great hope of the Brazilian team for World Cup 1998 in France - in 1994, the U.S., he had been champion, but on the bench.
Already as a player of Inter Milan , Italy, where he had moved in 1997, Ronaldo had a good World Cup in France, but what was really marked was the disappointment of the final against the host country. The Phenomenon suffered a seizure hours before departure, a fact that has destabilized the group, and Brazil lost 3-0.
After the French Cup, Ronaldo has suffered serious injuries and his career seemed to decline. But in 2002, gave his first big comeback and was the top scorer of the Brazilian team winning the world pentacampeonato in South Korea and Japan .
After the World Cup, returned to Spain, but this time to defend Madrid . That same year, he was world champion with clubs, and again elected the best player in world football.
It was at Real Madrid until 2007, when he was traded to AC Milan . But little did the Italian club and in the middle of 2008, the first time was without a club to terminate his contract.
Back from Brazil. After training for a period the Flemish , his team of heart, surprised everyone by announcing in December 2008 that he would play for Corinthians. His presentation was a big party at the Parque São Jorge, and he quickly fell in love for the fans. In Sao Paulo, has made another comeback in life.
In 2009 had his best year on the team alvinegro, to win the Cup Paulistão and Brazil, but in 2010 the centenary of the club, frustrated everyone by failing to take the team to the Copa Libertadores title unheard.
In 2011, Ronaldo scored goals even. And abandoned his career after his friend Roberto Carlos to leave the Corinthians football toward Russia.
Translation courtesy of google translate
I'm really sad at the idea of him retiring. He was one of the players that made me love the sport and to me he is just amazing. I wish him the best of luck in his new endeavors.