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Ex-Footballer Ronaldo Coming To Study In UK
Former Brazilian international footballer Ronaldo is moving to the UK to study advertising.
The 36-year-old, full name Ronaldo Lu?Naz?o de Lima, is expected to arrive in March, and could stay in Britain for two years or more.
The striker, who played for Brazil in 98 international matches, scoring 62 goals, already has his own marketing agency called 9ine.
Ronaldo, who retired from football in February 2011, told Brazil's Meio e Mensagem newspaper: "I feel a great need to become a student.
"I've learned a lot, travelling, living abroad, just in the school of life."
His company teamed up with marketing communications firm WPP in Brazil, and its UK branch is expected to work with the player on his arrival in Britain.
Ronaldo, who suffered a number of injuries during his football career, gave up the sport as he was experiencing ongoing pain and problems with his thyroid gland.
He added: "Eighteen years have passed and I've hardly studied, but I have to immerse myself in something. I'll ask questions all the time - just like a striker."
In 2007, Ronaldo was named one of the best players of all time by France Football and was named in the Fifa 100 - a list of the greatest footballers compiled by fellow Brazilian Pele.
But in April 2008 it emerged that he had taken three transvestite prostitutes back to his room after visiting a nightclub in Rio de Janeiro.
Ronaldo's engagement to Maria Beatriz Antony was cancelled in the wake of the scandal. But it later resumed and she went on to give birth to their first daughter on December 24 that year.