Documenting Original Ronaldo’s Last Hurrah With Brazil

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

Superstar striker Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima has defined soccer on so many levels, and it came with great regret to see the Brazilian hang up his boots earlier this year as a true shadow of his former self. The rapid deterioration of his physical condition due to knee surgery along with weight problems resulted in his earlier than expected exit at Corinthians, where he put up some rather respectable goal scoring tallies until the end.

Whether it be his innovative partnership with Nike – essentially kicking off the arms race for the fastest and lightest boots with the Mercurial line -or his captivating performances on the pitch, Ronaldo should rightfully remain in the consciousness of fans for decades to come. The Brazilian national team paid their respects to Ronaldo back in June when they gave the retired striker one last chance to enter the national team fold and participate in a friendly against Romania. Nike came along for the ride to document the pre-game rituals and of course the importance that comes with each chance to pull on a kit for the Samba Boys.

At any sporting stage, it’s always interesting to hear boys amongst men who are able to successfully compete. While Ronaldo didn’t play back in World Cup ’94, I still remember the deal made about his ability to travel… who would have thought that Ronaldo would well be on his way to cementing as one of the world’s greatest players.

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