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Ronaldo Could Soon Move to Spain

August 18, 2002

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MILAN, Italy (AP) _ World Cup star Ronaldo could move from Italian club Internazionale to Spain’s Real Madrid this week, his agent said in an interview published Sunday.

``I’m certain that the transfer could be completed in a few days. Inter and Real Madrid already met,″ Alexandre Martins was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Internazionale officials have denied that talks with Real Madrid were under way.

Any trade would have to be completed by Aug. 31, the deadline for moves in the Italian League.

Ronaldo and Martins are in Rio de Janeiro for the Brazilian national team’s exhibition game against Paraguay on Wednesday.

Ronaldo, whose contract with Internazionale is through 2006, is thought to want to leave the club because of his up-and-down career in Italy and his poor relations with coach Hector Cuper.

Ronaldo has been with Inter since 1997, but he was sidelined for about two years with a torn knee ligament.

He was a two-time FIFA player of the year before the injury and revived his career in 2002, leading Brazil to the World Cup title by scoring a tournament-high eight goals.

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