Monday February 14 2011
Milanese hail retired Ronaldo

Italian giants Inter and Milan have paid tribute to Ronaldo after the Brazilian legend confirmed his retirement.

The South American, who played for both San Siro outfits, brought his glittering career to an end today at the age of 34.

"I'm sad to see him quit," stated Inter President Massimo Moratti, a man who had a special relationship with Ronaldo and the man responsible for signing him from Barcelona in 1997.

"Ronaldo was the most powerful centre-forward in history and it was a pleasure to have him here at Inter at the pinnacle of his career."

Ronaldo left Inter in the summer of 2002 for Real Madrid, but returned to Italy with Milan five years later.

"Ronaldo was a formidable ambassador for football and for sport," a note on Milan's website stated this evening.

"Ronaldo's name will always be imprinted on the club's history for his contribution in 2006-07 which ended with Milan winning the Champions League in Athens."

Ronaldo confirmed his departure from the game at an emotional Press conference earlier today in his homeland.

"As you can imagine and you heard during the whole weekend, I'm here today to tell you that I'm closing my career as a professional player," he noted.

"It was a very beautiful career, wonderful and exciting.

"There were a lot of defeats and a lot of victories. I made many friends and I can't recall any enemies."

The World Cup winner ends his injury-hit career with 326 goals in 466 games for clubs, while he netted 62 in 97 caps for Brazil.

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