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Brazilian Football Star Ronaldo Becomes Spanish Citizen


Brazilian football star Ronaldo has been made a Spanish citizen which clears the way for his club Real Madrid to add another foreign player to its lineup.

Ronaldo's citizenship means he is now a European Union player, so Real can buy a non-European player in January. The Spanish club has an option to sign Brazilian defender Cicinho from Sao Paulo.

According to Spanish Federation rules, each Primera Liga club is allowed a maximum of three non-European players on its roster. Since Brazilian Roberto Carlos gained Spanish citizenship in August, only two Real players - Brazilians Julio Baptista and Robinho - are non-Europeans.

The 29-year-old Ronaldo arrived in Spain nine years ago after signing with Barcelona. He left Spain to move to Italy's Inter Milan but joined Real Madrid in 2002.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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