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Brazil legend Ronaldo cycling 450km to honour club’s promotion: ‘I know that I will suffer’

Brazil legend Ronaldo cycling 450km to honour club's promotion: 'I know that I will suffer'

The legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo started a 450-kilometre bike ride from Valladolid to Santiago de Compostela on Sunday, fulfilling a promise he made before his…

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The legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo started a 450-kilometre bike ride from Valladolid to Santiago de Compostela on Sunday, fulfilling a promise he made before his club gained promotion to LaLiga, Spain’s top professional football division.

Ronaldo has majority ownership of Real Valladolid, after he bought a 51 per cent stake in the club in 2018, worth €30 million. He now owns 82 per cent of the club, and is currently the club president as well.

The 45-year-old made the promise to complete the cycle ride, which he started on Sunday, after Real Valladolid were relegated from LaLiga in the 2020-21 season. With his club clinching promotion on May 29, by beating Huesca 3-0, Ronaldo then knew he had to complete the cycle.

Aiming to complete several dozen kilometres each day, Ronaldo told reporters he was looking forward to completing the ride, despite expecting a harsh physical toll on his body. "It will be beautiful. I know that I will suffer physically, but it will be an unforgettable experience," Ronaldo told reporters at Valladolid’s stadium before starting the ride.

"When we were relegated, I knew we had to do a lot of work to get back to the first division. I made the promise, we’ve done a very good job, especially at the beginning of the year, with all the changes we’ve made, all the philosophy we’ve changed."

The ride began at Valladolid’s José Zorrilla stadium on Sunday, and will follow the Camino de Santiago trail before arriving in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, in […]

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