Ronaldo to retire next year

SAO PAULO – DOUBLE World Cup winner Ronaldo said on Monday he would retire from professional football at the end of next year but still had hopes of appearing for Brazil in the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa in June.

The 33-year-old three-times world footballer of the year – widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time – told a media conference in Sao Paolo he was finally calling time on his illustrious but injury-hit career.

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