Ronaldo, the Brazilian soccer legend, has signed on to become a minority owner of the NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers, SI.com has learned.
“He’ll be extremely involved in everything,” says Strikers managing partner Ricardo Geromel, one of three Brazilian principal owners who purchased the team in September. An NASL league source who has seen Ronaldo’s signed agreement confirmed his role with the team.
One of the greatest players of all time, Ronaldo, 38, won two World Cups (in 1994 and 2002), scored 15 World Cup goals and is one of three players to have won the FIFA World Player of the Year award three or more times (along with Lionel Messi and Zinédine Zidane).
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Nicknamed "Il Fenomeno" (The Phenomenon), Ronaldo retired from playing in 2011 and served as an ambassador for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. During his storied career, he played for Cruzeiro, PSV, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and AC Milan before finishing at Corinthians in his native country.
The NASL is the second tier in the U.S. Soccer pyramid, which has no promotion and relegation. The New York Cosmos, another NASL team, presented its new signing, Spanish great Raúl, on Tuesday.