Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldo Nazario has announced his plan to open 30 soccer schools in China to help the country realize its football dream.
The official Xinhua news agency has reported that Ronaldo, who has been in retirement for four years, plans to build the “Ronaldo Academy”, starting with the first three schools in Beijing, Shanghai and Mianyang in Sichuan Province.
Ronaldo was in Beijing recently to help Chinese children play soccer and to announce the plan. He told reporters that he thinks China can be a major soccer player on the world stage.
The “Ronaldo Academy” will traing Chinese youth 6 to 18 years old in general education and football skills. The academy will have specialized curricula for the children of different ages, Paulo Swerts, CEO of Ronaldo Football (China) Co Ltd said.
The press conference did not reveal the academy’s tuition amount, but the school promises to help kids from poor families reach their soccer goals. – BusinessNewsAsia.com