Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, two of Brazil’s biggest stars of recent times, will be present at the 13th Dubai International Sports Conference next month.
Brazilian legends Ronaldinho and Ronaldo will make their first appearances at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai next month after being announced alongside current stars Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohammad Salah as nominees for the first-ever Sports Idol Award.
The football superstars were both parts of the 2002 Brazilian squad in Japan and South Korea as the Selecao won their fifth – and last – World Cup, defeating Germany in the final.
Ronaldo bagged the Golden Boot for his eight goals and Ronaldinho scored a memorable goal in the quarter-final against England.
The Brazilian duo will share the stage with the winning captain of the 1998 World Cup, France’s Didier Deschamps and Juventus’ star Blaise Matuidi, winner of the 2018 World Cup with the French team, in a session titled The World Cup Experience and Value of Success on January 2 at the Madinat Conference Centre in Madinat Jumeirah.
Known as O Fenomeno (The Phenomenon), Ronaldo was also a member of Brazil’s World Cup-winning team of 1994 and played a starring role in taking the team to the final at the 1998 World Cup, where they lost 0-3 to hosts France.
Ronaldo is also a three-time winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year award (1996, 1997 and 2002) and also won the Golden Ball (player of the tournament award) at the 1998 World Cup. He is the second-highest goal-scorer for Brazil, behind Pele.
Ronaldinho is celebrated as one of the most gifted – and entertaining – players of his generation, and one of the greatest of all time. Two FIFA World Player of the Year trophies (2004, 2005) and a Ballon d’Or are a testimony to his audacious talents.
Deschamps, meanwhile, has the honour of being one of only three men in history, alongside Brazilian Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer, to win the World Cup as both a player and manager.
The star-studded list for the 13th edition of Dubai International Sports Conference also includes Gianni Infantino, FIFA president, who will be making his fifth consecutive appearance.
The theme of the 13th edition is Football and the Economy, and the list of speakers also includes prominent personalities.
Source: Arabian Business