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Ronaldo starts talking about retirement

Text by: AFP
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Former AC Milan and Real Madrid star Ronaldo has for the first time admitted he was thinking of retiring from professional football. The Brazilian 32-year old player has been without any contract since this summer.

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Former World Player of the Year Ronaldo has admitted for the first time that retirement is a possibility if his knee fails to improve.

The 32 year-old underwent surgery on his knee in February 2008 and has been without a club since that injury negated his contract with AC Milan.

Ronaldo did receive a pay-as-you-score offer from Siena, but the former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid striker turned it down as he was weighing up his future.

He told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "I'm thankful to him (Siena president Giovanni Lombardi Stronati), but I'm not sure what the future holds. I don't know if I'll continue to play or retire. I haven't yet made that decision."

For the moment the Brazilian is concentrating on finishing his recovery, a process not helped by his flucutating weight levels, but only once he has some idea of how well the recovery has gone will he make a decision.

"I don't know, I'm not in a hurry. I want to finish my recovery work and then you will know. I could decide tomorrow or in a few months. I really don't know.

"After an operation on a ruptured knee tendon you need to work for some months. The recovery is exhausting," he added.

Should he retire it will be an anti-climatic end to a player who twice won the World Cup and in 2006 became its all-time leading scorer with 14. He also lifted the World Player of the Year and the Ballon d'Or twice and won the Golden Shoe as leading scorer with eight goals at the 2002 World Cup.

He recently took part in a charity match, but only lasted 22 minutes before being subsituted, blaming it on the exhaustive regime he was following to return to action.

"I feel very tired, but not from the Fight Against Poverty match. I only played 22 minutes because for the last few days I have had a muscle problem. I am tired because the recovery work was hard and my legs are heavy."

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