By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, Cameroon.
Former Barcelona and Brazil football star,Ronaldo de Assis Moreira popularly known as Ronaldinho has been appointed Brazil’s Ambassador for Tourism.
The 39-year-old retired from football in 2018, he is now getting into a new environment where his image as a great footballer may add huge value.
“Tourism is very important for generating jobs and regaining our image internationally,” Ronaldinho told the media as he was unveiled on Thursday.
Brazilian Institute of Tourism’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Osvaldo Matos de Melo Junior also had some nice words for the forward.
“You take the case of Ronaldinho, a person who has almost 100million followers in his networks and voluntarily helps us at no cost for patriotism. This attitude is immense,” Osvaldo told the media.
“Just by issuing a visa to countries like the United States and Canada, we have already had over 200 per cent increase in demand for our country. We will increasingly invest, even in intelligence, to achieve our goals.”
Ronaldinho is considered to be one of the greatest footballers of his generation having claimed honours in his days as a player for Fluminense, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and AC Milan.
He was also part Brazil 2002 World Cup winning squad and was the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner in 2005 after claiming the 2005/2006 UEFA Champions League trophy with Barcelona.
He also claimed the 1997 Under 17 FIFA World Cup crown, the 1999 South America Under 20 Championship, the 1999 Copa America trophy, the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and a collection of personal awards
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Ronaldinho was not only a footballer, he was a joy to watch on the pitch, he entertained everyone including oppositions fans making the decision to fit him into the tourism industry a near perfect one.
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