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Ronaldo Nazario officially dropped out from playing professionally competitive football in February of 2011 as the Brazilian could not continue with the continuous string of injuries that he picked up throughout the vast majority of his career.
The former star of Real Madrid was plagued with knee injuries and a series of operations that left Ronaldo out of the playing grounds for over a year but the Brazilian still managed to make his mark on the history books in football as he was awarded with the Ballon d’Or on 2 occasions as well as earning a collection of silverware being retiring.
Ronaldo has served as inspiration to many players around the world including PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the Swedish went on saying that Ronaldo was the best opponent that he has ever faced in his entire career.
“The best opponent of my career? I’ve played against many, many good players, so I don’t know who to keep. But I would say Ronaldo, ‘El Fenomeno’. Why? Because he was my idol and because, as a football player, he was complete. There will never, in my view, be a better player than him.” Zlatan said as he responded questions during a press conference.
Another player that has recently revealed his admiration towards the Brazilian forward Ronaldo is Javier Hernandez as the recent signing of Real Madrid went on comparing C.Ronaldo with Lionel Messi but concluded his statement by saying that his idol in football has always been Ronaldo.
In the first press conference of Javier Hernandez as a player of Real Madrid, he praised C.Ronaldo: “For me, Cristiano is the best. Messi is there too; after Cristiano, there is the Argentine. It is not only what he does in games so well but on a day-to-day basis.
“Javier Hernandez continued on by revealing who his idol is as he said: My idol is Ronaldo Nazario de Lima, ‘’The Phenomenon’’. I’ve never had the chance to meet him, so hopefully one day I can get a picture with him!”
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Former Ajax and Liverpool star Ryan Babel could be heading back to Anfield after the 27-year-old stated on his Twitter account that he is on the way to Liverpool. Babel is currently playing with Turkish club Kasimpasa after deciding to leave Ajax in 2013. In the last two seasons, he has made 27 league appearances and scored five goals. This is a record that is substantially better to that he had a few years ago. At Ajax, he may have scored four goals in 16 appearances, but the Dutch club were not prepared to keep him for long.
After showing signs of recovery, there has been speculation that he may return to top level football once again. The latest tweet from Babel, who clearly remains a Liverpool supporter, is likely to be viewed with scepticism. Liverpool have signed a number of players in this transfer window in anticipation of the more number of matches that they are likely to have due to Champions League football returning to the club. Brendan Rodgers has made it a priority to strengthen the squad. After selling just Luis Suarez, they have signed five players. More are expected to come between now and end of the transfer window.
The 27-year-old will also be hoping that a return to Liverpool will help him get back into the national team. Since making his debut in 2005, Babel has featured in 43 national team matches and scored five goals. However, he has not been close to the first team since 2012. It is expected that Babel will be the replacement signing for Liverpool after they decided not to bring in Loic Remy for £ 8.5 million. The QPR forward has reportedly failed medical, which has infuriated manager Harry Redknapp. Redknapp says that Remy is one of the fittest players around.
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With the 2014 World Cup scheduled to initialize in less than 45 days, preparations for the worldwide competition are expected to be reaching its final stages or to be done at this point in time but according to one of the six Ambassadors of the upcoming event things are taking longer than initially expected.
Ronaldo Nazario de Lima started his professional competitive career playing in Cruzeiro and from there on out, the Brazilian went on playing in different leagues and clubs around the world earning himself a number of accolades which includes: 3 Ballon d’Or and many other awards until he decided to hang up his boots but maintained himself in the soccer spectrum as he became an Ambassador for the 2014 World Cup as well as creating charity events throughout the world.
With the 2014 World Cup just around the corner, the former Barcelona star revealed details concerning the impending event.
‘’ A lot of the structures that should be ready before the World Cup will not be completed in time but I am happy that the process has at least started. When everything does get finished, no matter at when it does, it will leave behind a legacy that for the citizens which deserves the attention of the politics’’. The top goal-scorer in World Cup history said as the Brazilian unfolded specifics concerning the event.
The 2014 World Cup will kick off in June 12 with Brazil locking horns against Croatia in Sao Paulo at the Corinthians Arena.
Brazil has a promising squad which includes the likes of: Neymar, Thiago Silva, Oscar and Hulk. They are expected not only to reach the finals of the competition but also to win it and restore their glory of a few years ago.