Retired Real Madrid and Brazil striker Ronaldo embarked on a 450km (280 miles) cycle trip on his electric bicycle, reportedly fulfilling his promise to do so if his club Real Valladolid earned a promotion to Spain’s top-flight league.
Notably, Ronaldo owns the Brazilian club Cruzeiro and has a stake in Valladolid. Moreover, he is also the president of the Spanish club. The 45-year-old’s trip started at Valladolid’s Jose Zorrilla stadium on Sunday.
It will follow the Camino de Santiago trail, which witnesses thousands of pilgrims each year, before concluding at Santiago de Compostela. Before departing on a journey, Ronaldo said it would be a wonderful and unforgettable journey.
“The journey is going to be extremely exciting. I know there will be physical challenges, but I am hopeful that I’ll overcome them. But it will be an unforgettable experience,” he said.
He will reportedly be accompanied by his partner and a team of professionals to assist and aid him throughout the journey. Ronaldo’s bike trip came on the back of Valladolid’s second finish in Spain’s second division to earn promotion back to LaLiga, a season after they were relegated. Notably, Valladolid defeated Huesca 3-0 to get the promotion on May 29.
Ronaldo confessed that he knew when Valladolid was relegated, he had to do a lot of work to get back to the first division. “When we were relegated, I knew we had to do a lot of work to get back to the first division. I promised; we’ve done a very good job, especially at the beginning of the year, with all the changes we’ve made, all the philosophy we’ve changed,” he said.
Ronaldo stated he is cycling because he can’t run due to knee injuries he suffered during his professional football career. Ronaldo, a two-time World Cup winner and a former Real Madrid and Barcelona striker, bought a 51% stake worth €30 million in the club in 2018 when Valladolid was still in the first division.