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Brazilian Ronaldo plans to invest in Playboy magazine

July 16, 2013 08:36 IST

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Brazilian football icon Ronaldo is planning to move to the porn industry, it has been claimed.

Playboy model Summer Altice Sources told the Sun that the former World Cup and Real Madrid star is hoping to buy the huge Playboy franchise in Brazil and is close to making a bid.

It is believed that the 36-year-old striker-turned-businessman is seeing the popular men’s magazine as a lucrative business opportunity.

The star, who retired from football in 2011, earns around 10million pounds a year from sponsors including Nike, Fiat and Duracell while his marketing company 9INE is set to make 15million pounds in 2014.

Ronaldo is the all-time top scorer in World Cups with 15 goals and three times BIFA Player of the Year.

Ronaldo retired from football in Feb 2011.


Image: Playboy model Summer Altice
Photographs: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

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The 35-year-old's marketing firm 9INE manages images rights to some of Brazil's biggest sports stars, including Neymar.

People believe Ronaldo's ''midas touch' will help rejuvenate the magazine in Brazil, The Guardian reported.

Ronaldo also owns a chain of gyms, a sports health clinic and a six-storey building which houses a Rio de Janeiro university, as well as a nightclub in Rio's most affluent neighbourhood, Leblon.


Image: Mascot Fuleco of FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil poses with Ronaldo
Photographs: Christof Koepsel/Getty Images

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Source: ANI