Tribute: The Phenomenon Calls It A Day

"The head wants to go on, but the body can't take any more" - Ronaldo the Brazilian legend
Today the game of football or soccer is expected to lose one of the greatest talents in the history of the sport as Brazilian forward Ronaldo Luís Nazario de Lima or popularly known as Ronaldo is set to retire. "I can't take any more. I wanted to continue, but I can't do it any more. I think of an action, but I can't do it the way I want to. It's time. It's the body that's hurting me. The head wants to go on, but the body can't take any more," the 34-year-old star told the Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper.

The 34-year-old has been playing for Brazilian club Corinthians since 2009. Ronaldo had already spoken in terms of retiring at the end of this year, but a succession of injuries and the elimination of his club, Corinthians, from the Copa Libertadores, South America's most prestigious club tournament, appeared to have tipped the balance. The Copa Libertadores trophy, the equivalent of Europe's Champions League trophy, was the only one Ronaldo had not won in his spectacular career. Ronaldo had already fought back to fitness from three career-threatening injuries.

While some players are still going strong, Ronaldo’s trouble to stay fit has finally caught up with him to the point that he no longer feels like he can continue to play as he was.

Ronaldo is not just an interesting character but also a player that was simply incredible when he was healthy and fit. Along the way he picked up a string of honours, including the FIFA Player of the Year three times in 1996, 1997 and 2002. He helped his country to two World Cup trophies and is still the tournament's top scorer with 15 goals. He was a 17-year-old boy when he participated in 1994 World Cup in the United States, but did not see any field action. Since then he has played in four World Cups and scored both goals in Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Germany in the 2002 finals.

His career took him to some of Europe's top clubs, from FC Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spain, to Inter Milan and AC Milan in Italy. He is one of just two players to have scored for both sides in the Milan derby with the other being Zlatan Ibrahimovic. This list just goes on and on..

People will have different ways of judging him. But if you put everything aside and look at pure talent, there is not more than a handful of players in the history of the game that have had more talent than him. Whether people are willing to admit it or not, Ronaldo will certainly be missed.

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