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Ronaldo joins World Cup organizing committee

  • AP, Thursday, December 1, 2011 12:49 PM

The striker who represented Brazil at four World Cup tournaments has signed on to assist his nation as host of the 2014 event. Ronaldo, who retired as a player last February, announced Thursday he has accepted an invitation to join the 2014 World Cup organizing committee. The 34-year-old Ronaldo said he will be the “voice” of the committee and will not receive a salary.

Brazilian soccer federation President Ricardo Teixeira will also serve on the three-man committee, along with one other member who has yet to be appointed.

“I have accepted this big challenge, which for me is a big honor,” Ronaldo said. “This World Cup does not belong to FIFA, nor to the [Brazilian soccer federation], the committee or the government. It belongs to the people who should be made to feel proud of hosting the World Cup. I will do my best to create the best World Cup ever.”

The three-time FIFA World Player of the Year last represented Brazil in a competitive match at the 2006 World Cup when his nation lost to France in the quarterfinals. During that tournament he scored a record 15th World Cup goal to surpass Gerd Mueller for the all-time record. He was a non-playing member of the 1994 World Cup-winning team, played for the 1998 team that lost to France in the final, and led the 2002 championship team in scoring with eight goals, including two in the final.

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