Former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo embarked on a long cycle ride from Valladolid in northwestern Spain to Santiago de Compostela, around 500km away.
The 1994 and 2002 World Cup winner has held a 51% stake in Valladolid since 2018 and has pledged to make the trip should the club return to La Liga after being relegated last season.
Valladolid achieved that by finishing second in Spain’s top division, known as Segunda, prompting the 45-year-old to get on his bike on Sunday.
“I promised that if we came back [to La Liga], I would do the Camino de Santiago. I’m going to do it by bike because I can’t run”, Ronaldo joked on his Twitch channel.
Ronaldo will cycle the Camino de Santiago after Real Valladolid won promotion. The tall Brazilian had promised to do part of the pilgrimage if he went up. pic.twitter.com/5dW4kFYCei
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“My wife [Celine] and I will leave Valladolid on Sunday and I will go to Santiago de Compostela by bike”, he confirmed.
Starting the trip from the Valladolid stadium as promised, Ronaldo told the Spanish press that the trip will be “beautiful”.
“I know I will suffer physically but it will be an unforgettable experience” he added.
Both Ronaldo and Celine are expected to travel several dozen kilometers a day along the traditional pilgrimage route.
The two-time Ballon d’Or winner also owns a majority stake in Cruzeiro, who were relegated from the Brazilian top flight at the end of 2019.
With the Minas Gerais side currently top of Serie B after 10 games, Ronaldo is yet to make any promises on what he will do if he returns to Serie A.
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