Cairo is amazing, says Brazilian football star Ronaldinho

Ahram Online , Wednesday 5 Jul 2017

Brazilian football star Ronaldinho visited Cairo pyramids on Wednesday (Photo: the player's official Facebook page)

Brazilian footballing great Ronaldinho started his rise to fame in Cairo in 1997. Twenty years later, he comes back to the Egyptian capital to launch his humanitarian organisation and promote Egypt's Tour n’ Cure medical tourism campaign.

The 37-year-old toured Cairo's famed Pyramids on Wednesday as part of his third visit to the country.

He was one of Brazil's prominent stars during the U-17 World Cup 20 years ago, leading his country to the title in Cairo.

He also visited Egypt in 2007 when he took part in a friendly game with his club Barcelona against Cairo giants Ahly as part of the Egyptian club's centennial celebrations.

"1997 for Brazil, 2007 with the FC Barcelona and now 2017 with my brother and friends!!" Ronaldinho said on his official Facebook page on Wednesday.

"Coming back where it all started! Cairo is amazing!"

Ronaldinho will also visit the North Coast, where he will attend a major celebration to launch the massive project in cooperation with drug company Prime Pharma.

The Ronaldinho Foundation aims to provide Hepatitis C treatment for underprivileged patients worldwide, in cooperation with major international donors and institutions, read a statement released by Prime Pharma in early July.

Per the agreement with Prime Pharma, the foundation will be the first to employ a Hepatitis C treatment developed in Egypt in other countries around the world.

The Tour n’ Cure campaign runs combined tourism and Hepatitis C treatment travel packages for tourists visiting Egypt. The campaign also hosted the Barcelona and Argentina football great Lionel Messi in Cairo.

Ronaldinho, who has won World Player of the Year twice as well as two La Liga titles and the 2005/06 Champions League with Barca in five years at the Nou Camp, has not played since his short spell at Brazil's Fluminense came to an end in September 2015.

Egypt has gained global recognition for fighting Hepatitis C, with the World Health Organisation celebrating World Hepatitis C Day in Cairo in 2015.

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