Brazilian great Ronaldo to travel 500km after Real Valladolid promotion promise
Brazilian great Ronaldo will travel more than 500 kilometers in four days to the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela to fulfill the promise he made if his club Real Valladolid were promoted to La Liga.
Valladolid landed automatic promotion to the Spanish top flight on their first attempt last weekend.
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Ronaldo, who became Valladolid’s majority shareholder in 2018, has revealed he will walk the pilgrimage route from Valladolid to Santiago de Compostela, the highest point of the Camino de Santiago (the Way of Saint James), in five stages with his wife.
“To celebrate Valladolid’s automatic promotion, I made a promise a long time ago, even when we were relegated,” Ronaldo said on Twitch.
“I promised that if we came back [to LaLiga], I would do the Camino de Santiago. I will do it by bike because I can’t run. My wife [Celine] and I’ll leave Valladolid on Sunday and go to Santiago de Compostela by bike.”
Speaking to Spanish publication El Norte de Castilla, Ronaldo, 45, compared Valladolid’s promotion to La Liga “just next to [his winning the] 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea.”
The former Real Madrid and Barcelona striker finished top scorer in the 2002 tournament with eight goals and two against Germany in the final.
Ronaldo also owns Brazilian second division club Cruzeiro, where he played as a teenager before moving to Europe.