Rio de Janeiro: Former Brazilian football star Ronaldo Luis Rosario da Lima, simply known as Ronaldo, bade his official and final farewell to the soccer field on Tuesday during a friendly match between Brazil and Romania at the Pacaembu Stadium in Sao Paulo.
According to a news agency report, Ronaldo came off the bench to a standing ovation in the 30th minute. As soon as he approached the line judge to announce his entrance in the 27th minute, the crowd went crazy.
He entered in place of Fred, the author of the game`s only goal in 21st minute. During his 15 minutes on the field, the striker had two excellent opportunities to score. However, he failed to convert each of them.
As soon as the first half concluded, Roanldo received a warm farewell from the fans. Waving a Brazilian flag, Ronaldo made a hero`s lap around the stadium and then addressed the audience at midfield.
Circled by 15 banners representing his 15 goals during the World Cup, Ronaldo thanked the fans for all of their support and love over the last 17 years. He asked for the fans forgiveness for being unable to score and not give them a goodbye present.
However, accompanied by his sons, he walked off the field with a smile on his face and a sense of satisfaction.