Ronaldo prepares for farewell

Brazilian legend Ronaldo is to play one final match for his country before hanging up his boots.The 34-year-old will line up for the five-time World Cup winners in a friendly against Romania on Tuesday.

Ronaldo officially retired in February after a glittering 18-year career, but the Brazilian Football Confederation have decided to honour the striker by giving him the chance to appear in a farewell game.

Ronaldo’s team-mates were clearly delighted to have him back in the fold, and while they are planning to give him a good send-off, the players are equally determined to win the game.

“As I said, this game is a celebration but we obviously want to win,” AC Milan striker Robinho said.

“We know this will be a celebration for Ronaldo, who deserves all this, but for this celebration to be even better we need to score goals and win.”

Brazil’s head coach Mano Menezes has had mixed results since taking over from Dunga last year.

The match gives him a chance to prepare for the Copa America, a trophy which Brazil won in 2007 and will defend in Argentina next month.

And although the hosts are being tipped as Brazil’s main rivals, Menezes is taking the tournament one step at a time.

“Brazil cannot worry first about Argentina . We have to think first about Venezuela , Ecuador , Paraguay , which are the teams we will face in the qualifiers,” Menezes said.

“If we move ahead, and that is our objective and I think we have great chances of doing so, then we will worry about our rivals in the quarter-finals, then in the semi-finals and so on.”

“There is no point in worrying about the something that we still have not achieved – that is, thinking too much about Argentina and forgetting the others.”

 


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