Corinthians star striker Ronaldo said Monday that he is tired and physically
drained from his professional soccer career.
However, at the press conference, the 33-year-old said that he has one last
hope of winning the Libertadores Cup in 2011.
The world renowned forward and record holder of most goals scored during the
World Cup, also revealed that he will attend the World Cup in South Africa
as a commentator via Twitter.
In the centennial year as a soccer club, Corinthians had high expectations
in 2010. Disappointed after a mediocre performance in the Sao Paulo state
championship and recent elimination from the Libertadores Cup, Ronaldo
optimistically pointed to another opportunity to win the continental
tournament next year.
In order to qualify for the 2011 Libertadores Cup, the team will need to
place among the top-four teams in this year's Brazilian Championship. They
got off to a great start on Sunday, winning the first match 2-1 against
Atletico-PR with a goal from Ronaldo.
"Playing at a high level is very wearing. As long as I am having fun playing,
I will continue to play professionally. However, we have to wait and see
what happens," said Ronaldo when asked about his fulfillment of his contract
with Corinthians that extends throughout the 2011 season.
The forward will have an extended vacation during the World Cup and he hopes
to better his physical condition as well as to heal his aching body.
Pointed as one of the favorites to win this year's Brazilian Championship,
Ronaldo reminded fans that the centennial year only ends in September of
2011, giving the team plenty of time to commemorate and win many title in
the upcoming year.
Corinthians was founded on September 1, 1910.