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Friday, June 10, 2011

Ronaldo's Retirement: Ronaldinho, Kaka, Beckham, Zico, Romario and Mano Menezes Pay Tribute to "The Phenomenon"

Carlos Alberto Parreira

"It's a feeling of loss -- to know that on Sundays, on the television, we are not going to see Ronaldo anymore."

David Beckham

“I just want to say to my friend Ronaldo what an honour it was playing with him and becoming his good friend... He was not just an amazing person but along with Zidane, one of the most talented and gifted players in football history and I was honoured to have been in the same team as him whilst at Real Madrid...Well done my friend...”

Kaka

“Ronaldo, thank you for everything you did. Thank you for the sport of football, for Brazil, and for the army of many thousands of fans."

“Ronaldo has no successor and he will not have. It’s hard to put a collection of those in any other Brazilian player as Neymar, Fred, Luis Fabiano or who they’re playing in that position. Neymar is a great player, I think he can go far, but Ronaldo is irreplaceable. Ronaldo’s retirement is sad for football. Now he chose another career and he will also be a phenomenon in his chosen field. My wish is to follow his path and write down in history forever.”

Mano Menezes

“We worked together for about 18 very intensive months at Corinthians and his individual class impressed all of us. The results might have been better in his first year, but his enormous desire to always win every game explains his ability to make comeback after comeback. His superb mentality helped him overcome his injury problems.

I firmly remember how he was sitting on the treatment table putting on a bandage in the dressing room only days before he helped us to victory in the Brazilian Cup and the Campeonato Paulista.

From now on, he will be considered as a legend of the game and he will join many others from the past who have filled us with joy with their masterpieces. Fortunately for us, stars come and go in Brazilian football. Those who enter the stage will learn from those who starred before them, like Ronaldo. It's now up to us to repay Ronaldo for everything he has done for us. We'll have to minimize the empty feeling he probably has and he deserves the affection of all Brazilian football fans. Being successful has always been his trademark and we can only hope that he will soon be active in the football world again in some position.”

Ronaldinho

”Ronaldo for me was an idol. I was inspired by him in everything. Thanks to him Brazil was recognized in Europe. I still cannot realize what has happened. It has left me sad."

Romario

"We Brazilians can be sure that we will no longer see on the field one of the greatest players in the history of world soccer."

Zico


"I would like to play with him, because I would always put him in front of the goal."

Zidane's reflections on Ronaldo.

Bringing Back the Beautiful Game's tribute to Ronaldo

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