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WORLD CUP legend Ronaldo has encouraged the football fraternity to visit his homeland next year when Brazil stages the 20th edition of the World Cup.

Talking about his role as a member of the administration board of the Brazil 2014 World Cup Local Organisation Committee the multiple World Cup winner said: “I went to four World Cups and I am very pleased to be part of this project.

“I do not think there will be another opportunity to live football in the country of football, though England invented it, please come along.”

Ronaldo, the World Cup’s record scorer with 15 goals, was speaking in London while visiting the recent World Travel Market held at the Excel Centre in east London.

The iconic forward also gave his reaction to the news that Soccerex would not be holding its annual event in Brazil this year due to the absence of guaranteed funding from the government.

He said: “Soccerex has lost an opportunity to host the event in Rio. The Brazilians see the World Cup as an opportunity to invest in Brazil.

“When I was asked to work for Brazil 2014, I believed there would be a lot of investment. I believe and continue to believe it will have great benefits. Other investments will follow after the World Cup.”
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It was pointed out to the former Real Madrid star that another legend, Romario, had recently criticized Brazil’s hosting of the World Cup and also said that the sport’s governing body, FIFA, were not interested in leaving Brazil in a good state after football’s global showcase.

Ronaldo said: “It is easy to sit back in your chair and criticize. I am doing this as a volunteer.

“I am not taking a penny and I am doing it for my country. It is logical to believe there will be investments in other sectors. I am working for a better Brazil even if it is through sports.”

When Ronaldo was asked to relive his personal saga on the day of the 1998 World Cup final when he was unwell, and missed the big match, he said: “People came up with a lot of stories in their head.

“It is 2013 and we are still talking about 1998. After lunch I fell ill and I was told to take some tests at the hospital. I felt normal, we played and had no chance against an inspired French team and we lost. 2002 came quickly though!”

Of his 15 World Cup goals Ronaldo was certain as to which was his favourite.
He declared: “My favourite goals were the two I scored against Germany in the final in 2002.”

Asked if he believed his goals record was safe as strikers were disappearing from the modern formations, the football legend said: “I am not vain. I do not need to hold on to in forever. It does not change my story. It is what it is.”

Ronaldo has been living in London for the last year, doing work experience in marketing. “It has been marvellous. I lived in Europe for 18 years and it has been like home to me.”

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