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Soccer Star Ronaldo Attempts Comeback with Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldo Nazario, who hasn’t played since February 2011 with Brazil’s Corinthians, will be making a comeback this spring with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

Ronaldo, 38, recently announced he has become a part-owner of Strikers. He was the FIFA world player of the year in 1996, 1997 and 2002, and has since retired. Because of physical pains and injuries playing again would be difficult for Ronaldo, but he still plans to train.

“I love to play,” he said in a news conference. “That was my big love. But when I retired, it was because of my body. I had so much pain and so many injuries. It isn’t easy to get fit. I will try. I will train a lot.”

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The Strikers will open their season on April 4 against the New York Cosmos. They plan to bring in players from Brazil, through connections of Ronaldo and other owners. A new stadium for the Strikers, who play in the 55-year-old Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, is also in the works.

(image by Alan Diaz, via)