Ronaldo Nazario de Lima, Chairman of Real Valladolid gestures during the Dubai International Sports Conference in Dubai, UAE January 2, 2019.SATISH KUMAR/Reuters
Retired Real Madrid and Brazil striker Ronaldo swapped his cleats for an electric bicycle as he set off on a nearly 450-km (280 mile) trip after promising to do so if his club Real Valladolid earned promotion to Spain’s top-flight league.
The 45-year-old’s trip began at Valladolid’s Jose Zorrilla stadium on Sunday and will follow the Camino de Santiago trail, which is travelled by thousands of pilgrims each year, before concluding in Santiago de Compostela.
“It will be beautiful. I know that I will suffer physically, but it will be an unforgettable experience,” Ronaldo told reporters at Valladolid’s stadium before departing.