By Chris Wright
Déjà vu is never a nice thing to have first thing on a Monday morning.
Roughly a calendar year after announcing his retirement the first time round, Brazilian legend Ronaldo has confirmed that he is now retiring from the game with immediate effect, after finally admitting defeat in his long-standing battle against dodgy knee ligaments, niggling injuries and cakes.
After scoring 44 goals in 44 games for Cruzeiro, 54 goals in 57 for PSV, 47 goals in 49 for Barcelona, 59 goals in 99 for Inter, 104 goals in 187 for Real Madrid, 9 goals in 20 for Milan, 35 goals in 69 for Corinthians, 62 goals in 97 for Brazil, the man they call ‘El Fenomeno’ is calling it day.
Speaking to Estado de Sao Paulo, 34-year-old Ronaldo said:
“I can’t take any more. I wanted to continue, but I can’t do it any more. I think of an action, but I can’t do it the way I want to. It’s time.
“It’s the body that’s hurting me. The head wants to go on, but the body can’t take any more.”
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