HOT off the heals of the World Cup, Portuguese football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is in football-mad China as part of his CR7 tour.
Representing his main sponsor Nike on a PR tour the second year running, Ronaldo provided advice for developing football in a country which has aspirations of hosting the World Cup and becoming a world football powerhouse.
“Give opportunities to the kids, give them good possibilities, good pitches, open doors for them because the kids are the future,” he said as quoted by the state news agency Xinhua.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) July 18, 2018
“Keep going, work hard, believe in yourself and never give up,” was his advice for the country’s young footballers.
On Thursday, Nike and Ronaldo unveiled a special C罗 collection exclusively for Chinese consumers, its symbol representing “the player’s capacity to galvanise – metaphorically, to breath fire into – Chinese football.”
It was announced earlier this week that the longtime Real Madrid forward would be transferred to the Italian club Juventus on a four-year contract worth 100 million euros (US$117 million).
“I’m a person who likes to think about the present,” he told a news conference on Monday. “I’m still very young and I always liked the challenges, from Sporting, to Manchester (United), to Real (Madrid) and now Juventus.”
It was a well thought-out decision. It is the best club in Italy. It has an outstanding manager (Massimiliano Allegri) and coaches so it was not a difficult decision to take,” added Ronaldo, noting that players his age usually go to Qatar or China to play in less competitive leagues.
Deeply honored and excited to announce the Active Schools CR7 Sports Camp: Providing access to football for kids from remote areas in China. They are the future! 👊 #NikeFootball #CR7 #CR7Tour pic.twitter.com/dEmSNTvosh
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) July 19, 2018
“I am very ambitious and I like new challenges. I hope everything will go very well. Luck always helps but you have to look for it.”
The five-time UEFA Champions League winner donated a soccer field to a primary school in the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu last year.