Ronaldo joins ownership group of Fort Lauderdale Strikers

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Retired Brazilian superstar Ronaldo has joined the ownership group of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

Ronaldo said in a statement by the North American Soccer League team on Thursday that he plans to take an interest in the management of the club.

"I will be very involved with the management of the team and have already started to make introductions that will certainly help us to turn the Strikers into a global powerhouse," Ronaldo said.

"There are no doubts that the beautiful game is growing exponentially in the U.S., and I guarantee you that the NASL will play a key role in the rise of professional soccer here.

The Strikers are named after the original NASL franchise. They play in a new version of the NASL, which is in the second tier of North American pro leagues.