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Luxemburgo leaves Cruzeiro days after Ronaldo acquisition

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Former Brazil coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo has left Brazilian side Cruzeiro, the second division club announced on Tuesday, just 10 days after World Cup winner Ronaldo said he was buying it.

“Given the budgetary reality of the club, the technical staff will not be retained,” Cruzeiro said on Twitter, adding a successor to Luxemburgo would be announced in the coming days.

Luxemburgo, who won the Copa America with Brazil in 1999, only joined the club in August.

Back-to-back champions as recently as 2013-14, Cruzeiro finished a pitiful 14th in the Brazilian Serie B last season.

On December 18, Brazil great Ronaldo, a three-time world player of the year and two-time Ballon d’Or winner, announced he was buying a majority share in Cruzeiro, his first club.

Although born in Rio de Janeiro, the 45-year-old made his professional debut for Belo Horizonte-based Cruzeiro in 1993, aged 16.

Globoesporte.com reported that Ronaldo will pay 400 million reais (about 60 million euros) to become the club’s majority shareholder.

He already has a controlling stake, acquired in 2018, in Spanish club Valladolid, who were relegated to the second division last season. 

Mired in financial strife, Cruzeiro were relegated from Serie A in 2019, despite having won the Brazilian Cup in 2017 and 2018.

Luxemburgo, who briefly coached Real Madrid, is one of the most successful coaches in recent Brazilian history, having won the title with four different clubs.

Meanwhile, coach Alex Stival announced he was quitting Atletico Mineiro, the reigning double winners who are also from Belo Horizonte, for personal reasons.

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