Soccer Legend Ronaldo Announces Early Retirement

Ronaldo_de_limaThe world of sports, specifically soccer, will be missing an athlete that has already been accorded a legendary status, after he announces that he will be doing an early retirement.

Ronaldo, (real name Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima), announced his retirement Monday, February 14, citing physical pain and hypothyroidism as main reasons in not continuing to play. He is 34 years old.

“I came today to say that I’m closing my career as a professional player. It was a beautiful career, wonderful, exciting. I had many defeats, many victories. I made many friends and I don’t remember making any enemies,” said the famous athlete while tears fall from his eyes and voice cracking.

He then explained why he is retiring which has a lot to do with his history of injuries. He refused hormones treatment for the hypothyroidism four years ago since the treatment is not allowed in soccer. He further stressed that it was very hard for him to stop doing something that makes him happy, that his mind wants him to go on, but he can no longer ignore his body.

Ronaldo is part of the team from Brazil that won the 1994 and 2002 FIFA World Cups. Other achievements under his name are being one of the only two players in history to win the FIFA Player of the Year three times (the other being Zinedine Zidane of France), currently the highest goalscorer in the history of World Cup with 15 (achieved in 2006) and a Bronze Medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

The legendary athlete also described his retirement as his “first death.” His sons Alex and Ronald were at his side when he made the statement.