ronaldo2.jpgTwo-time World Cup winner, Ronaldo, has announced he will retire from professional football at the end of next year.

The 33 year old Brazilian, regarded as one of the best footballers ever, has spent most of his career in Europe but will end it with Corinthians in his homeland.

 

Ronaldo has scored 62 goals in 97 appearances for Brazil and hopes to be in squad for this summer’s World Cup.

 

The striker, who is the all-time leading World Cup finals scorer with 15 goals, said there is still a possibility of a call-up for the South Africa tournament, despite not playing for Brazil, since 2006.

 

It will bring an end to his 17-year-career, during which time the Brazilian formed part of the World Cup winning teams of 1994 and 2002.

 

The striker also played in the 1998 World Cup final, when Brazil were beaten by France.

 

Ronaldo, who began his career with Cruzeiro in his home country, won the Fifa Player of the Year in 1996 and 1997 and the Ballon D’or award in 2002.

 

He moved to PSV Eindhoven while still a teenager, scoring 42 goals in 45 matches.

 

Ronaldo has also played for Barcelona, Inter-Milan, Real Madrid and AC Milan.