Thursday, November 12, 2009

Peres invites Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo to Israel

(Haaretz).President Shimon Peres met on Thursday with the world-renowned Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo, and invited him to visit Israel for a friendly soccer match between Israeli and Palestinain children.

The famed soccer player, who formerly played for the Brazil's national soccer team and Spanish soccer team Real Madrid, previously visited the region for a soccer match organized by the Peres Center for Peace.

Ronaldo presented the president with a signed T-shirt of his current soccer team Corinthians, baring the player's number 9.

The number nine is also associated with Peres's name.

"Soccer is a world devoid of wars, religion and nations, in which the human spirit which loses today, wins tomorrow," Peres told Ronaldo during their meeting.