Ronaldo to Retire In 2011

Steve WatersContributor IIFebruary 22, 2010

Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldo has announced that he will retire at the end of 2011.

The all-time leading World Cup goalscorer said on Monday that he will finish his career with his current club Corinthians when his latest contract ends. "I am determined and want to give my best and have fun," said Ronaldo.

He has been training hard and is looking slimmer; he has some very important games for Corinthians in the first half of 2010 especially in The Libertadores.

As well as domestic goals Ronaldo has admitted that he is still hopeful of playing in the World Cup, saying, "It's one thing that can still happen to me." 

He has also recently been able to shave off his Afro, which he was forced to keep due to an endorsement deal with a Swiss Hair brand and his agent Fabio Farah has said that his new look means the return of "the warrior".

“The warrior has returned back to the World. It was injured but not killed. It’s recognised worldwide. It conjures up the image of overcoming struggles, reborn from its own ashes. It is independent of gender, culture or ethnicity,” said Farah.

Although Farah's comments may seem a little far fetched, millions of soccer fans around the world are still dreaming of seeing R9 playing for Brazil in the summer.

No matter what happens between now and the end of his career, no one will doubt that Ronaldo is one of the greatest soccer players of all-time.