LEGENDARY Brazilian striker Ronaldo has secured his latest transfer – with a move to London to study advertising under the wing of WPP supremo Sir Martin Sorrell.
WPP confirmed the World Cup winner is to take a job placement at the group – the world’s biggest advertising and communications firm – and will work closely with chief executive Sir Martin to learn the tricks of the trade.
The pair have already worked together, with Ronaldo running sports marketing agency 9ine in Brazil for the past two years, which is a collaboration between the football hero and WPP.
BRAZIL’S Ronaldo, a footballing superstar oft-distinguished from Cristiano Ronaldo with the word ‘Fat’, is to take part in a weight-loss reality TV show.
The programme, Medid Certa, will be screened in his homeland, and show Ronaldo’s struggles to get fit over three months in order to take part in a charity match alongside former teammate Zinedine Zidane.
Ronaldo said: “Maybe if I didn’t have the pressure of everybody watching me trying to lose weight then I wouldn’t be able to do it.
“All I can say is that I will work hard, be persistent and not give up until I reach my recommended weight.”
But let’s hope that doesn’t happen, right – how would we tell them apart?
THE new mascot for the Brazil World Cup 2014 has been revealed.
But the three banded armadillo was revealed by footballing legend Ronaldo but is yet to be named – with a competition running to select between Amijubi, Fuleco and Zuzeco.
Although he doesn’t yet have a name, Goaltastic can reveal that the animal has a love of dancing, has a favourite food of cashew nuts, and celebrates scoring a goal with a special ‘armadillo roll’ celebration.
Ronaldo said: “I’m delighted to welcome such an important member to the 2014 team.
“The mascot will play a key ambassadorial role in the next two years. I’m sure he will inspire many young football fans in Brazil and all over the world with the great passion which he has for the sport and for his country.”
ONCE again, the WAG has had her clippers out to sculpt me a Brazilian.
This time, following the overwhelming success of my Neymar haircut, I went for a tribute to classic Ronaldo’s classic World Cup wedge.
Okay, I admit I didn’t go close enough and it ended up looking a bit of a trendy Joey Barton sort of mop, but the thought was there.
The wedge of hair wasn’t there for very long mind…
RONALDO, Pele, Neville – any footballer worth their salt ends up with a namesake.
And now even Barcelona legend Lionel Messi has to share his moniker with another professional footballer, with the news that Cameroonian 17-year-old Lionel Messi Nyamsi has signed a deal with French club Angers.
He said: “I’ve had other offers but I think I’ll end up at Angers.
“My greatest wish is to play alongside Leo Messi.
“I was born in Cameroon but I’m French. I would choose France.”
FOOTBALL blog Five In Midfield has been kind enough to let me put my words all over their excellent site, penning an all-time XI to be posted.
I had a lot of fun and a little brow-furrowing putting the piece together – if you think Sir Alex Ferguson has selection headaches, try picking a team from every player that’s ever lived, ever.
Nevertheless, I did it, and you can read the reasons behind my picks here.
For those with less time on their hands, here’s my selection, and if anyone else is brave enough to let me guest post on their site, get in touch –
GK – Campos
DEF – Desailly, Cannavaro, Lucio.
MID – Best, Gascoigne, Zidane, Maradona, Ronaldo.
ATK – Ronaldo, Henry.
TURNS out loose cannon Mario Balotelli is not as loose a cannon as you might of guessed…
The Manchester City striker is undeniably a talented footballer, but often this season his bad behaviour and short temper have grabbed the headlines.
But it turns out it was all a cunning plan to arrange a meeting with his footballing idol, Ronaldo.
In an interview with Italian TV, the forward said: “If you introduce me to Ronaldo, I swear I’ll behave until I give up playing football.
“I have never met him, but when you see the idol of a lifetime it can change you, it can change your way of being.
“I don’t know how I can explain it. There are many great players, but Ronaldo was the greatest and so one word from him is worth more than a thousand of all the others.”
Jeez, if that actually works out for him, I’m marching into the office tomorrow, kung fu kicking the editor and demanding he sort out a night out down Loughborough with Lionel Messi or else.