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Brazilian legend Ronaldo to study in London

Ten years after he scored a memorable hat-trick at Old Trafford to dump Manchester United out of the Champions League, Brazilian Ronaldo is preparing to come back to the country. Ronaldo, the World Cup winner and highest scorer in the tournament's history after spells at Inter and AC Milan as well as Real Madrid, plans to spend several months in London from next month studying advertising at the global ad firm WPP, run by Sir Martin Sorrell, reports The Guardian.

"Eighteen years have passed and I've hardly studied at all; I feel a great need to become a student again," Ronaldo, who retired in 2011, told Brazil's Meio & Mensagem newspaper. "I've learned a lot in life, travelling, living abroad, just in the school of life. But I also have to immerse myself in something.

"Learning from Martin Sorrell will be perfect. I won't leave him alone, I'll be asking him questions the whole day, just like a striker. He's going to have to tell me everything."

The new partnership may sound unlikely, but in 2010 Ronaldo chose to set up a sports marketing agency in São Paulo called 9ine, taken from his preferred shirt number. WPP invested in the business at the time.

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