Ronaldo announces comeback plans

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Rio de Janeiro, Jan 15: Brazil great Ronaldo has revealed plans to make a comeback to football with US second-tier club Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

The 38-year-old said Wednesday he is targeting a return for the Strikers' first match of the North American Soccer League season against New York Cosmos April 4, reported Xinhua.

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"It isn't easy to get fit. I will try. I will train a lot," Ronaldo said at a press conference to announce he has become a part owner of the Florida-based club.

"I love to play. That was my big love. But when I retired, it was because of my body. I had so much pain and so many injuries."

Ronaldo, voted FIFA World Player of the Year three times, was a member of Brazil's 1994 and 2002 World Cup-winning squads.

He has not played since ending his career with Brazilian club Corinthians in 2011.

The former Real Madrid and Barcelona striker suggested be would use his connections to attract high profile players from Brazil and Europe.

"We want to have all the best players," Ronaldo said. "But we don't have the money yet. We have a budget."

IANS

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