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Brazilian legend Ronaldo could have future role at PSG

Although he never played any of his career in France, legendary striker Ronaldo could join PSG next summer as sporting director.

It looks like Ronaldo could be arriving in Paris after all. Unfortunately for Paris Saint-Germain fans it is not the Real Madrid, and Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, but the legendary former Brazil striker, Ronaldo.

In a recent interview he revealed that once the World Cup in Brazil is over he is considering a position at the French club. Right now the 37-year-old is dedicated to his role of boosting Brazil's image ahead of this summer's festival of football, but after the tournament, if the situation was right, he could take up a role at the Parc des Princes.

"I have a good relationship with the president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, but first I want to finish my work as an ambassador for the World Cup in Brazil," he told Canal Plus. "Afterwards I'll take a couple of months and I'll see what to do.

"But I do not rule out this option. I'm already a voluntary ambassador of PSG, I love the city of Paris and I have great affection for the team.

"I love this spontaneous relationship that I have with the club. I'm a fan and a supporter of PSG, but an unpaid one right now."

It has been suggested that the former Real Madrid and Barcelona striker could be a possible candidate to take over the sporting director role that fellow Brazilian Leonardo vacated last summer.

The Brazilian's presence could become a very important factor in the future of a few of PSG's current stars. Especially that of midfielder Lucas Moura. His €45 million move to Paris hasn't been without its troubles, the 21-year-old has struggled to keep his place at times and his consistency and attitude has been brought into question. So much so that a move to England has been mentioned. The presence of a Brazilian legend at the club could help settle players like Moura, and it could benefit the club and the players to have someone of Ronaldo's stature to consult with.

Club captain Thiago Silva has become such an important player at the club, but his future has also been brought into question, the links to Barcelona have never full disappeared after he admitted he grew up a childhood fan of the Blaugrana. Having Ronaldo in the French sides’ corner could help keep one of Europe's best defenders at the club.

Having Brazilian's playing and succeeding for PSG has also become very important to the club since it announced the launch of its academy in Rio de Janeiro. Só 5 hosted the first local training camp of the Paris Saint-Germain academy in January, open to boys and girls between 5 and 16. The thinking behind the clubs move is clear.

"The creation of the Paris Saint-Germain Academy in Rio de Janeiro further reinforces the historic bonds between the club from the French capital and Brazil, while also continuing to develop Paris Saint-Germain's international strategy."

Behind the backing of QSI, the Parisian club is not just happy to spend money and buy success, they seem determined to build a brand and grow their own success. Having Brazilian players find success at the Parc des Princes is obviously a huge part of that plan, having the legendary Ronaldo on board seems the obvious next step.

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