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Since 1st March, 1999
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Ronaldo wants to conquer the world again

Madrid: Brazilian striker Ronaldo is hoping to repeat his match-winning performance when he returns to the scene of his World Cup triumph with European champions Real Madrid in next week’s World Club Cup.

The former Inter Milan player, who scored both goals in Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Germany in the final at Yokohama and finished as the tournament’s top scorer, will return to the stadium to face South American champions Olimpia de Paraguay in next Tuesday’s match.

“Obviously I have some great memories of the final against Germany,” Ronaldo told Spanish sports daily Marca on Thursday. “For me the World Cup gave me the chance to show that I had left all my injury problems behind and was still a real footballer.

“Now it is my chance to return to the scene with Real Madrid and I hope I can repeat what I did with Brazil. I am really looking forward to winning my first title with Real.”

Ronaldo appears to have recovered from the bout of influenza that kept him out of last Saturday’s goalless draw against Barcelona and this week’s Champions League defeat against AC Milan and will join the rest of his team mates as they depart for Japan on Thursday.

Real have won the World Club Cup on two occasions, beating Uruguayan side Penarol in the inaugural match in 1960 and Vasco de Gama of Brazil in 1998.

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