Thirty-four-year-old Brazilian striker Ronaldo is set to announce his retirement tomorrow. He himself has confirmed the announcement for tomorrow, calling it quits to his successful and rich career.
He is currently under contract with the Brazilian team Corinthians, but he has been suffering from injury and fitness problems.
When asked about the announcement, he said: "My body aches. In my head, I want to continue, but this body can't take much more. In recent days I have cried like a baby."
Ronaldo was and is considered to be one of the greatest football players to ever wear the Brazilian colors. He was the all-time leading scorer in the World Cup with 15 goals. He played in four World Cups for the Brazilian team, and of those four he would go on to win two titles.
Ronaldo has now been at Corinthians for two years, but he will be specifically remembered for his stellar careers at PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Inter, Real Madrid and AC Milan.
Some would argue that his best single season came at the Camp Nou as he defended the Barcelona colors.
Ronaldo is set to announce his retirement at the Corinthians headquarters at 12:40 p.m. local time.
He leaves us with a total of 620 appearances in all competitions and 420 goals scored.
- Supercopa Libertadores Top Scorer: 1993–94
- Campeonato Mineiro Top Scorer: 1993–94
- Campeonato Mineiro Team of The Year: 1994
- Eredivisie Top Scorer: 1994–95
- La Liga Top Scorer: 1996–97,2003–2004
- European Golden Boot: 1996–97
- Don Balón Award La Liga Foreign Player of the Year: 1996–97
- Copa América Final Most Valuable Player: 1997
- Copa América Most Valuable Player: 1997
- Confederations Cup All-Star Team: 1997
- Cup Winners Cup Final Most Valuable Player: 1997
- Cup Winners Cup Top Goal Scorer: 1996–1997
- IFFHS World's Top Goal Scorer of the Year: 1997
- UEFA Most Valuable Player: 1997–98
- Serie A Footballer of the Year: 1997–98
- Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year: 1997–98
- UEFA Best Forward: 1997–98
- Bravo Award : 1995, 1997, 1998
- FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 1998
- UEFA Cup Final Most Valuable Player: 1998
- Copa América Top Scorer: 1999
- Copa América All-Star Team: 1997, 1999
- FIFA World Player of the Year: 1996, 1997, 2002
- Ballon D'or: 1997, 2002
- World Soccer Magazine World Player of The Year: 1996,1997.2002
- Onze d'Or: 1997, 2002
- FIFA World Cup Silver Ball: 2002
- FIFA 100
- FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1998, 2002
- FIFA World Cup Final Most Valuable Player: 2002
- FIFA World Cup Top Scorer: 2002
- Intercontinental Cup Most Valuable Player: 2002
- UEFA Team of The Year: 2002
- Laureus Comeback of the Year: 2002
- Strogaldo De Legendary Award 2002
- BBC Sports Personality of the Year Overseas Personality: 2002
- La Liga South American Player of the Year: 1996–97, 2002–03
- Golden Foot award: 2006
- Brazilian National Hall of Fame: Class of 2006
- Serie A Player of the Decade: 1997–2007
- France Football Magazine: Starting eleven of all-time (2007)
- FIFA World Cup: All-Time Leading Scorer
- Campeonato Paulista: Best Player, 2009
- Goal.com : Player of a decade: Winner 2000–2010