RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Ronaldo will take part in a film about a Palestinian girl who hoped to meet the Brazilian striker but was killed by a land mine in southern Lebanon before should could fulfill her dream, his club said Sunday.
“(Ronaldo) confirmed that he made an agreement with the Iranian director to make the film in the Palestinian territories,” a press spokesman at Corinthians told Reuters.
The three times FIFA World Player of the Year’s part will be filmed when Corinthians visit the Middle East to play a friendly “Peace match” against fellow Brazilian team Flamengo at a Palestinian venue on September 15.
Corinthians have authorized Ronaldo, a World Cup winner with Brazil 2002, to stay on for a few days after the friendly to film his scenes.
The film is based on the true story of a young girl who was very good at football and idolized Ronaldo. She died after losing a leg when she stepped on a land mine.
The former AC Milan, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven player’s scenes will cover his trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories in 2005. As a United Nations ambassador he visited handicapped children on a day trip to Ramallah on the West Bank and Tel Aviv.
The film, produced by Iranians Mansur Sohrabpour and Mohammad Latif, will be filmed in Lebanon.
Ronaldo has not played for Brazil since the last World Cup. He has made a comeback with Corinthians this year after recovering from a serious knee injury he sustained while playing for AC Milan last year.