Brazilian legend Ronaldinho has paid homage to Egypt, expressing delight that his football roots can be traced to the North African country.

Ronaldinho captured global attention as a mere teenager at the 1997 Fifa Under-17 World Cup with his silky displays to help Brazil win the tournament.

Five years later he was a World Cup winner with the senior side, again playing an instrumental role.

Ronaldinho, who is in Egypt as a television pundit for Pyramids FC, took time to pay tribute to the Egyptian platform that set up his career at the Under-17 World Cup.

“I won my first title in Egypt that’s why I can say that it all started here for me,” Kingfut quoted as he is saying.

“Everything started in Egypt for me, after I won the Under-17 World Cup with Brazil. I’ve visited Egypt several times since and I’m always happy when I’m back.”

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