Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Brazil Tycoon, World Cup Legend Take On China's Soccer Ambitions

  • China ranks 84th in soccer with aims to win the World Cup
  • Country seeks 20,000 soccer training academies by 2020

Brazilian education tycoon Carlos Martins says he’s teaming up with retired soccer legend Ronaldo Luiz Nazario de Lima to help China President Xi Jinping bring his country its first World Cup victory.

The language-school magnate and Ronaldo, who founded the Ronaldo Academy, signed a deal with a Chinese partner to create 30 franchises of the soccer school in the world’s most populous nation, Martins said Thursday in an interview.