Ronaldo 'to end his career at City with £140,000-a-week deal'

Brazil striker Ronaldo is considering a lucrative offer from Manchester City that would see him become the club's ambassador once his playing days are over.

The 31-year-old would initially be given a one-year deal worth £140,000 a week with the option to spend the rest of his career at Eastlands.


Heading for City: Ronaldo is rumoured to ready to sign a £140,000 a week contract

Brazilian coach Carlos Roberto, who works as part of City's scouting network in Brazil, says a close associate of former owner Thaksin Shinawatra has presented the deal to Ronaldo.

Carlos Roberto said the the three-time FIFA World Player of the Year would have to give City an answer 'in the next few days', adding:

'Pairoj (Piempongsant) met with Ronaldo and demonstrated how much he admires his talent.

'The project would be for Ronaldo to end his (playing) career at club and then continue working for them.' The former Real Madrid, Barcelona and Inter Milan marksman has not played since rupturing ligament in his left kneecap during a match for AC Milan in February.

But Ronaldo has clinically recovered and is back in training with Flamengo, the Rio de Janeiro team which he supports.

The Brazilian club had hoped to make him a permanent addition to their squad but cannot compete with the spending power of City's new Abu Dhabi-based owners.

Ronaldo would be able to sign for City before the transfer window re-opens in January because he has been a free agent since his contract with Milan expired at the end of June.

His rehabilitation is going well but he is keen for his girlfriend, Maria Beatriz Antony, to give birth to his second child before he leaves Brazil.

Fabiano Farah, the player's agent, said: 'Ronaldo is clinically fine, but is now getting back to full fitness. He is very well and close to being ready to play.

'He is as determined as he was in 2002, when he got over a serious injury that affected him a long time.

'That year, he came back to win the World Cup. He wants to be the same player he was at that time. He wants to keep winning titles, win the Champions League and be the best player in the world again.'

Eastlands boss Mark Hughes has indicated he would be interested in bringing him to Eastlands as long as he does not just see it as an end-of-career payday.

Ronaldo would become the fifth Brazilian at City. Midfielder Elano joined from Shakhtar Donetsk last summer and striker Jo, 21, signed for a then club-record £19million from CSKA Moscow in June.

The coup of Robinho's £32.5m dealine-day capture from Manchester City overshadowed the signing earlier in the day of 25-year-old Brazilian centre-back Glauber, who joined from Nuremberg on a one-year deal.

Ronaldo has scored 74 times in 112 internationals. He is the highest scorer in World Cup history with 15 in 19 games, including a golden-boot-winning eight in 2002, when his double ensured Brazil beat Germany in the final to claim their record-breaking fifth title.

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