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Retired Real Madrid and Brazilian legend Ronaldo Nazario has kept his promise to cycle from Valladolid to Santiago de Compostela following their promotion to LaLiga.
The 45-year-old, who also owns his first professional club Cruzeiro, bought a controlling 51 percent of the club’s shares in 2018 and has been monitoring their return to the Spanish top class as president.
To help Ronaldo on the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage made by thousands every year, he rides an electric bicycle.
When he began his hike from Valladolid’s Estadio Jose Zorrilla with girlfriend Celina Locks, the ‘poorly conditioned’ World Cup winner insisted he was happy to follow up on that promise.
“When we were relegated, I knew we had to do a lot of work to get back to the Primera Division,” Ronaldo said.
“I promised we’ve done a very good job, especially at the beginning of the year with all the changes we made, all the philosophy we’ve changed.
“It will be beautiful. I know I will suffer physically, but it will be an unforgettable experience.”
The Pucelanos automatically earned promotion to the LaLiga a year after being relegated from the LaLiga, ending up straight on points with title-winning Almeria.
They booked their place in the Spanish top class on the last day of the league season, where they skipped Eibar and beat them to automatic promotion by one point after losing in overtime to Alcorcon.