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Brazilian football star to share a desk with British students


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Ronaldo Nazario de Lima, commonly known as Ronaldo, retired from football last year after a glittering career and is now transferring to Britain – to become a student.  

"Eighteen years have passed and I've hardly studied at all. I feel a great need to become a student again," he told Brazil’s Meio & Mensagem newspaper.

The ex-footballer, 36, will arrive in London next month to study advertising under the tutelage of Martin Sorrell, the founder of WPP, the world’s largest advertising company, according to his spokesperson. He will stay in the UK for two years or longer.

"I've learned a lot in life, travelling, living abroad, just in the school of life," confessed Ronaldo, "But I also have to immerse myself in something. Learning from Martin Sorrell will be perfect."

The ex-footballer has played in 98 international matches, scoring 62 goals, won the 2002 World Cup for his country and owns a sports marketing agency called 9ine. He is on the organising committees for the 2014 Brazil World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics. He has houses in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, oh – and a private island just off the Rio cost. Kinda weak when you compare it to your student house, huh?

Ronaldo said he couldn’t wait to become a student again. But will he score as many firsts as goals?


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