Brazilian Football Legend Ronaldinho Arrives in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, April 14, 2018- Brazilian soccer legend  Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (aka Ronaldinho Gaúcho)  has arrived in Ethiopia as part of the UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour sponsored by Heineken.  

Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu received the Brazilian football legend in his office today.

Dr. Workneh warmly welcomed Ronaldinho to “Ethiopia, the birthplace of humankind”, and noted that “sports diplomacy is one important element of contemporary diplomacy.”

He added that sports bring people of all color and religion together, thus serving as a powerful platform to forge unity.

Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho with Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu (photo: MoF)

While expressing that he himself is a big fan to Ronaldinho, Minister Dr Workneh said, “Brazil is home to football legends as Ethiopia is also best known for its legendary long-distance athletes.”

The Brazilian football legend, Ronaldinho, on his part expressed his keenness to know more about Ethiopia as this was his first trip to Addis.

Ronaldiinho called on Ethiopian footballers to work hard in a bid to shine in major international tournaments and thereby make their country a source of football champions.

The UEFA Champions League Trophy will take a tour of the following locations

1. Meskel Square on 14th April 2018 from 9:15am to 10:05am. 
Open to the public to see the UEFA Champions League Trophy up close in Ethiopia’s capital city.

2. National Stadium: Match 
A friendly football match between Team A and B of the U21 Ethiopian National team on 15th April open from 09:00 am, Kick off at 10:30 am. 

The match is open to the public, who will get the chance to watch the two teams show their football skills to Ronaldinho who will crown the eventual winning team.

Come and Share The Action with the UEFA Champions League Legend, Ronaldinho 


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