‘I’m going to suffer’ – Ronaldo embarks on a grueling four-day, 280-mile cycling journey to fulfill his promise after Valladolid promotion

LEGENDARY striker Ronaldo began a grueling 280-mile cycling journey after Valladolid earned promotion back to La Liga.

The Brazilian icon had promised the feat if ever the Spanish team obtained a promotion in the Spanish first division.

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Ronaldo, 45, will complete the bike ride with his wifeCredit: EPA
Ronaldo's side Valladolid secured promotion to La Liga on first request

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Ronaldo’s side Valladolid secured promotion to La Liga on first requestCredit: EPA

Ronaldo bought a 51% stake in the team in 2018 which was relegated to second tier after the 2020/21 season.

However, a second-place finish on first request secured ‘Pucela’ promotion to the big leagues, forcing Ronaldo to keep his word.

He said: “I promised that if we came back [to La Liga]I would do the Camino de Santiago.

“I’m going to do it by bike because I can’t run. My wife and I will leave Valladolid on Sunday and cycle to Santiago de Compostela.

“It will be magnificent,” he told Spanish media. “I know I will suffer physically but it will be an unforgettable experience.”

The bike ride, which will take the former Galactico four days, started at the club’s stadium in northwestern Spain.

He and his wife are expected to travel seven dozen kilometers a day along the famous road, which leads to a famous shrine in this northwestern region of the country.

The former striker scored 62 goals for the Brazilian national team, topped only by Pele and Neymar, while also scoring the second most goals in a World Cup final.

And although his career was cut short due to injury, the 45-year-old still managed to win two Ballon d’Ors in 1997 and 2002.

The Brazilian also owns a majority stake in Cruzeiro, the club he started his professional career with in 1993.

Ronaldo has scored 62 goals in 98 games for Brazil

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Ronaldo has scored 62 goals in 98 games for BrazilCredit: EPA


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