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Brazil beat Mexico to win U-17 World Cup (video)

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Brazil became Under-17 world champions for a fourth time in dramatic fashion as Lazaro Vinicius Marques’ scored a 93rd-minute winner to edge Mexico 2-1 at Estadio Bezerrão on Sunday.

Brazil’s comeback started in the 84th minute when Kaio Jorge converted from the penalty spot, following VAR’s decision which ruled contact on the tournament’s Golden Ball winner, Gabriel Veron, inside the 18-yard box.

With Brazilian legends Ronaldo and Cafu in attendance, the host’s had the better of chances throughout the first 45 minutes. Without any luck, however, Brazil were unable to get the ball past Eduardo Garcia, instead hitting the bar on several occasions.

Then in the 66th minute, Mexico – winners of the tournament in 2005 and in 2011 – stunned the home crowd when Bronze Ball winner Eugenio Pizzoto’s cross into the box was headed into the back of the net by Bryan Alonso Gonzalez Olivan, breaking the deadlock between two sides that had met in the same game back in 2005.

What was going to be a stunning, underdog victory for El Tri, turned into a heartbreaking night for Marco “Chima” Ruiz and company.

Brazil, on the other hand, are now only one championship away from tying Nigeria’s record of five championships.

Serie A: Parma completes amazing comeback to tie Juve

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On most days, a 3-1 Juventus lead would mark the figurative end of the game. On Saturday, Parma wasn’t having that.

The once-proud club staged an incredible second half comeback with a pair of goals from former Arsenal winger Gervinho as Parma drew with Juventus, 3-3. Cristiano Ronaldo also scored two goals and set up the third for Juventus, who drew for just the third time this season. Even with the draw, Juve is still nine points clear at the top of the Serie A table, over Napoli, who won over high-flying Sampdoria.

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Juventus, playing at home in Turin, took the lead in the 36th minute through a shot from Ronaldo, who slipped while taking it and that, plus a deflection, helped it find the back of the net. Ronaldo nearly scored a second at the stroke of halftime, but in the 62nd minute, he was credited with an assist after a header ricocheted off his head onto the foot of Daniele Rugani, who fired home.

Less than two minutes later, Antonino Barilla stormed into the box and latched onto a long cross for a header goal to bring it back to a one-goal deficit, but Ronaldo extended the lead back to two in the 66th minute, heading a snap header past Parma goalkeeper Luigi Sepe.

In impressive fashion, Parma never gave up, and a wonderful back-heel flick goal from Gervinho gave Parma some life in the 74th minute. Finally, in the third minute of stoppage time, it was Gervinho again, arriving at the penalty spot and firing a strike that found its way past Mattia Perin in for a goal.

Brazil great Ronaldo takes over Spanish club

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MADRID (AP) Former Brazil great Ronaldo took over Monday as the majority stakeholder in recently promoted Spanish club Valladolid, saying he is bringing his soccer expertise to help the team succeed.

Ronaldo now owns 51 percent of the shares of the club. He will preside over the board of directors while Carlos Suarez will remain club president, a job he held before Ronaldo’s arrival.

“I’m really excited,” Ronaldo said at Valladolid’s city hall. “My entire life has been about football and this is another great challenge for me, a very big one.”

The former Brazil striker said “transparency” and “competitiveness” will be part of the basis of his management.

Financial details were not immediately available, but local media said the operation was worth about 30 million euros ($35 million).

“I’ll try to put all my soccer knowledge at the players’ disposal and will try to manage the club efficiently,” he said. “I want the club and the city to grow.”

Valladolid, which is based in a city of about 300,000 people, is playing in Spain’s top division for the 41st time in its 90-year history. It last played in the top league in 2013-14.

Suarez said the deal with Ronaldo will “put Valladolid on the map.”

“This is an important step for the growth of the club,” the club president said.

Ronaldo, who played at Barcelona and Real Madrid during his career, won World Cups with Brazil in 1994 and 2002. He became a successful businessman after retiring, owning companies and managing players.

He said he will be fully committed to his new project.

“What do you think? That I’ll buy a club and then go on vacation?” Ronaldo said. “There’s a lot of work to do, you have to stay close. I’ll be as committed as possible, but there is a management team in place and I’m very happy with it.”

He said there’s a lot to handle after “hasty” negotiations to finalize the club’s take over. Ronaldo and the club were in talks during the offseason and the agreement reportedly wasn’t completed until last week.

“Little by little we will plan everything so this club can aspire to great things and grow as much as possible,” he said. “This city and this club have a lot of potential.”

Valladolid opened with a 0-0 draw at Girona, lost to defending champion Barcelona 1-0 and drew 0-0 at Getafe. It’s next game is against Alaves.

“From now on we will focus on planning for the future, prioritizing the team,” Ronaldo said. “It’s crucial that we keep gaining points so we can remain in the top.”

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Ronaldo to become majority shareholder in Valladolid, bring Vinicius?

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Real Valladolid may make an amazing acquisition while becoming an addition of its own.

From 1980-2004, Valladolid spent just one season in Spain’s second tier. Since then, they’ve spent nine there.

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Sergio Gonzalez started to change things late last season, winning most of his matches following an April appointment as manager and earning promotion to the top flight.

Now the club is back in La Liga, and may have a new majority owner: the original Ronaldo.

The legendary Brazilian striker will reportedly invest $34 million in the club, and become Valladolid’s majority shareholder “within the next 24 hours.”

And his relationship with former club Real Madrid could bear immediate dividends in the form of a loan for Los Blancos superstar-in-waiting Vinicius Junior.

The 18-year-old from Flamengo has impressed many during his short time at the Bernabeu — fellow Brazilian Marcelo called him “the present and future of the team” — but has yet to play for the first team, making a 72-minute debut for Real Madrid Castilla.

Brazilian Ronaldo released from hospital

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Just 41-years old, Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima had himself a health scare this weekend, which is thankfully now over.

The former World Cup winner and FIFA World Player of the Year was released from the hospital Tuesday morning in Ibiza after four days, where he was treated for a “severe flu” that doctors worried could spread into pneumonia. Ronaldo was vacationing on the famous tourist island but had to be admitted after coming down with a bad illness.

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Ronaldo released a statement on his Facebook page thanking the doctors and nurses who took care of him, and stating he’s back home, likely in Brazil.

Oi pessoal! Já estou em casa depois de alguns dias na clínica. Obrigado a todos pelos comentários carinhosos e energia…

Posted by Ronaldo Nazário on Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Ronaldo attended the World Cup opening match earlier this summer in Moscow.