World player of the year in 1996, 1997 and 2002, Ronaldo is now 38 and hasn’t played since February 2011 with Corinthians.
At a news conference called to announce that he has become a part-owner of the Strikers, Ronaldo was asked whether he would play. He said: “That is not easy.”
“I love to play. That was my big love. But when I retired, it was because of my body. I had so much pain and so many injuries. It isn’t easy to get fit. I will try. I will train a lot.”
Since retiring as a player, Ronaldo has become a part-owner of a marketing company called 9ine Sports and Entertainment, which represents Barcelona forward Neymar and mixed martial arts fighter Anderson Silva.
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He joins a team that lost to San Antonio in last year’s NASL final last season. Fort Lauderdale averaged 3,092 for home games, almost half the league average of 5,989.
Former Spain and Real forward Raul recently joined the New York Cosmos, who also play in the NASL, at the age of 37.
The Strikers were part of the original NASL in the 1970’s when George Best, Gordon Banks and Gerd Mueller played for the club.
They play in the 55-year-old Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. Ricardo Geromel, one of the team’s owners, insists a new stadium is planned.
The team, who open their season on April 4 against the New York Cosmos, will try to bring in players from Brazil, using the connections of Ronaldo and their other Brazilian owners.
“We want to have all the best players,” Ronaldo said. “But we don’t have the money yet. We have a budget.”
Ronaldo wants to play again as part of owning NASL’s Ft. Lauderdale Strikers.