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Oh the media monkeys and their junket junkies will invite you to their plastic pantomime. Throw their invites away.

Wednesday Headlines: Did Nike Make Ronaldo Choose Corinthians?

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Flamengo think Nike engineered Ronaldo’s move to Corinthians. (Goal)

Everybody Loves Beckham. (The Beautiful Game)

Wenger tells fans to expect more from Bendtner.  So he’s going to wear an all-pink wardrobe and leak Arsene’s new age handouts as well as the lineup to the opposition? (Arsenal-Mania)

Ten worst transfer fees of all time. (The Spoiler)

The Madoff scandal may have prevented the Mets’ owners from buying Newcastle (SportsbyBrooks)

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Ronaldo Will Join Brazilian Club Corinthians

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Ronaldo, finally, has found a club.  The cast-aside striker signed with Brazilian side Corinthians.  It will be the first time Ronaldo plays in his home country since joining PSV as a 17-year-old.

The 32-year-old has been out nine months since rupturing a knee tendon.  He had been training with Brazilian club Flamengo to regain fitness, his A.C. Milan contract having expired last June.

Ronaldo’s move signals the likely end of his European career.  He rejected an offer from Serie-A side Siena.

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Headlines: Michael Owen is Delusional

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Michael Owen left tending his pot of gold and lamenting leaving Liverpool to tout Newcastle as European contenders. (BBC Sport)

Ronaldo turned down Siena and Italian food. (Soccer By Ives)

Sir Alex faces a touchline ban for abusive behavior toward referees against Hull, but the FA can’t be bothered right now, so they’ll pick it up in a few weeks. (Independent)

Steve McClaren is not in “rehab,” nor is he taking Dutch accent lessons. (Soccernet)

Dennis Bergkamp could return to England, unfortunately as a coach for Portsmouth rather than suiting up for Arsenal. (Guardian)

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Ronaldo Finished in Europe

Ronaldo, nearly recovered from a horrific knee injury for A.C. Milan eight months ago, will return to Brazil, likely to play for Flamengo, where he has been training.

“If everything is okay, I want to stay,” Ronaldo said.  “I’ve been in Europe for 16 years.  Flamengo are my favorite, but I don’t want to play there as a favor.  I want to deserve to play there.”

Ronaldo will reject an offer to join former teammate Claude Makelele in early retirement at PSG.  He had stated unilateral interest in joining Man City.

The Brazilian has played in Europe since signing for PSV Eindhoven in 1994.  He also played for Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and A.C. Milan.

He isn’t healthy.  His body would likely self-destruct after 15-20 games.  But, he scored goals when healthy at Milan.  Costing nothing, it’s hard to believe he didn’t get a better offer in Europe.

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