PokerStars has recruited famed retired Brazilian soccer star simply known as “Ronaldo” as the latest member of Team PokerStars SportStars. Ronaldo will be representing PokerStars both online and in live tournaments in Brazil in coming months. The Latin-American Poker Tour (LAPT) which is run by PokerStars hosts a stop in Sao Paulo later this month. Nine events run from April 25-30, and will likely mark Ronaldo’s debut as a PokerStars representative.
Brazil is an ever growing poker market and with the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, the company has confirmed its commitment to the Brazilian poker market.
Cristiano Ronaldo has played for Brazil in 98 international matches, scoring 62 goals. He was a part of the Brazilian squad that won the 1994 and 2002 World Cups. During the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Ronaldo became the highest goalscorer in the history of the World Cup with his fifteenth goal, surpassing Gerd Müller’s previous record of 14. Ronaldo is one of only three men to have won the FIFA Player of the Year award three times, along with Zinedine Zidane and Lionel Messi.
The previous high profile athlete signing was the signing of Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal last year.