Footballer tells multicultural ambassadors the answer and more at meet, greet and experience FIFA day
‘There are a number of things that football teaches you.’ When the man behind these life lessons is Real Madrid legend Ronaldo Nazario you know everyone in the room is all ears. And that was the case when Ronaldo recently met with multicultural ambassadors representing 14 nations from Iran, Brazil, Spain, Japan, Malaysia, India, China, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Korea, Lebanon, Jordan, Scotland and Wales. The ambassadors were given the surprise of a lifetime when they were invited to meet the legend as part of the launch of the Real Madrid, World of Football.
When asked what advice he has for young players, Ronaldo said: “You have to be good at school. Not everyone can be a professional player. Life continues. Try your best. Have discipline, respect. Know about playing in a team, it’s about teamwork.”
Ronaldo is a 3 x FIFA player of the year, 1998 Golden Ball winner and 2002 Golden Boot winner and faced one of his toughest challenges when faced with hard-hitting questions from the junior players, ranging from his first goal to his favourite video game.
Ronaldo, also a FIFA 18 video game fan, plays regularly against his son who is almost 18 years old. “We play against each other. But he always beats me,” says Ronaldo.
As Emilio Butragueño, Director of Institutional Relations for the club said, “Everyone is welcome at Real Madrid, regardless of nationality, language, culture or religion. It has always been that way.
We all share the same goal, the love of the game and love of Real Madrid.”
Real Madrid is a truly international club, with over 100 million followers through Facebook alone.
Real Madrid World of Football Experience will make its exciting world premiere in Melbourne this June, bringing football fever to the city ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Designed to engage football and sporting fans of all ages, Real Madrid World of Football Experience will feature unique physical and digital interactive experiences, an immersive 360˚ cinematic match day experience, an EA Sports FIFA Arena and a stunning collection of the team’s most famous trophies and memorabilia.