Ronaldo says he buys first Cruzeiro club
Former Brazilian striker Ronaldo announced on Saturday that he was buying Cruzeiro, the club where he made his professional debut, but which has languished in Brazilian Serie B for two seasons.
“I am very happy to have reached this agreement,” said the 45-year-old in a video posted to social media by club president Sergio Santos Rodrigues.
“I have a lot to give back to Cruzeiro, to take Cruzeiro to where he deserves to be,” added Ronaldo holding a club shirt with the No.9 and his nickname ‘Fenomeno’ on the back.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us. I ask the fans to reconnect with the club, to go to the stadium, because we will need a lot of strength and unity. We have a lot of work and ambition to do Cruzeiro still awesome. “
Globoesporte.com has announced that Ronaldo will pay 400 million reais (around 60 million euros) to become the majority shareholder of the club.
He already holds a majority stake, acquired in 2018, in Spanish club Valladolid, relegated to the second division last season.
Ronaldo, from Rio de Janeiro, joined Cruzeiro, Belo Horizonte, making his professional debut in 1993 at the age of 16.
He scored 56 goals in 58 appearances for the club, which earned him a call-up for the 1994 World Cup in the United States where he won a winner’s medal without playing a single minute.
After the World Cup, Cruzeiro sold Ronaldo to PSV Eindhoven.
He then shone at Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and AC Milan before ending his career at the Corinthians in Sao Paulo in 2011.
At the 2002 World Cup he scored eight goals in seven games as Brazil won again.
Ronaldo has been voted FIFA World Player of the Year three times and received the Ballon d’Or twice.
Cruzeiro won the Brazilian championship in 2013 and 2014 and the cup in 2017 and 2018, but was relegated in late 2019.
The club flirted with another relegation last season before finishing in 14th place in the Brazilian second division.
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