Ronaldo could have enjoyed Christmas in retirement, his place as one of the sport's all-time great strikers long cemented. But the Brazilian has never been a quitter, and instead chose to sign a one-year contract with Corinthians.
In the process, O Fenômeno assumed the pressure of representing one of Brazil's most popular and successful teams, one desperate to thrive upon their return to Serie A. Then there's the matter of regaining match-fitness and form following a career-threatening injury.
Although Ronaldo has realised this objective before, famously inspiring A Seleção to glory at the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™ following two knee operations and 36 months of rehabilitation, the jury is out on whether, at 32, he can repeat the feat. That's where FIFA.com wants you to come in.
Will Ronaldo struggle to play first-team football, or become a regular in the Corinthians line-up? Will the move prove an unfruitful one, or can he reproduce the form that won him an unsurpassed three FIFA World Player of the Year awards? Could he even fulfill his dream of leading the Brazil attack at South Africa 2010?
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