Retired Real Madrid and Brazil striker Ronaldo swapped his boots for biking cleats as he launched into his 450km (280 mile) journey on his electrical bicycle, fulfilling his promise to take action if his membership Real Valladolid earned promotion to Spain’s top-flight league.
Ronaldo, who additionally owns Brazilian membership Cruzeiro, purchased a 51% stake in Valladolid in 2018, and is the president of the Spanish membership.
The 45-year-old’s journey started at Valladolid’s Jose Zorrilla stadium on Sunday and can follow the Camino de Santiago trail, which is travelled by hundreds of pilgrims annually, earlier than concluding in Santiago de Compostela.
“It might be stunning. I do know that I’ll undergo bodily, however will probably be an unforgettable expertise,” Ronaldo informed reporters at Valladolid’s stadium earlier than departing.
He might be accompanied by his companion, in addition to a staff of “knowledgeable professionals” to assist him in his journey.
Ronaldo’s bike journey comes after Valladolid completed second in Spain’s second division to earn promotion again to LaLiga, a season after they have been relegated.
“When we have been relegated, I knew we needed to do numerous work to get again to the primary division,” Ronaldo mentioned.
“I made the promise, we have carried out an excellent job, particularly in the beginning of the 12 months, with all of the adjustments we have made, all of the philosophy we have modified.