Ronaldo begins to pay his promise for Valladolid promotion


FILE – Valladolid president Ronaldo waves before the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Valladolid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, ​​Spain, Saturday February 16, 2019. When Brazilian great Ronaldo bought the club Spanish player from Valladolid five years ago, the idea was to transform the modest team into a solid team in the front runners playing alongside Real Madrid and Barcelona. After being relegated at the end of the 2020-2021 campaign, on Sunday May 29, 2022, Valladolid can seal their return to the Spanish league. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)


Former Brazilian great Ronaldo embarked on a long cycling trip from Valladolid to Santiago de Compostela on Sunday to fulfill a promise he had made in the event of his club’s promotion to the Spanish league.

Ronaldo and his partner had to travel several tens of kilometers (miles) a day along the traditional pilgrimage route that leads to a famous shrine in northwestern Spain.

Ronaldo started the journey at the Valladolid stadium, some 450 kilometers (280 miles) from Santiago de Compostela.

“It will be magnificent,” he told Spanish media. “I know I will suffer physically, but it will be an unforgettable experience.”

Ronaldo said he was committed to making the trip after Valladolid were relegated last season.

He and his partner will be accompanied by other people who will help them during the trip.

Two-time World Cup winner and former Real Madrid and Barcelona striker Ronaldo bought a 51% stake in the club in 2018 when Valladolid was still in the top flight.


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Edward K. Thompson