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Brazilian star Ronaldo has confirmed in a press conference that he has scored his last goal in a prolific and storied career in football that saw him become the top scorer in the history of the World Cup.

“As you can imagine and you heard during the whole weekend, I’m here today to confirm that I’m closing my career as a professional player,” Ronaldo said. “I thanked all the players, the coach Tite, for all the minutes, for every second I was with them,” added Ronaldo, who was joined at the press conference by sons Ronald and Alex. “It was a very beautiful career, wonderful and exciting.

“There were a lot of defeats and a lot of victories. I made a lot of friends, and I can’t recall any enemies. I’m ending my career due to some very important reasons.”

Ronaldo finished his 18-year career in football having scored 326 goals in 466 games at club level, as well as finishing with 62 goals in 97 caps for Brazil which is bettered only by the legendary Pele.

Inter president Massimo Moratti said on Monday: “Ronaldo was the most powerful centre forward in history. It was an honour to have him at Inter at the pinnacle of his career.”

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