Retired Brazilian Soccer Star Ronaldo Hails Son Playing in Maccabiah Games in Israel
Retired Brazilian soccer star Ronaldo expressed pride this week in his eldest son’s participation in the quadrennial Maccabiah Games, which got underway in Israel on Thursday.
“A special hug for my son @ronald_lima who is on the under-18 soccer team. Good luck, guys! Go for it, Brazil! #maccabiah2017,” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram in the caption of a photo showing his son and other members of the Brazilian delegation at an airport before their departure for Israel.
According media reports, Ronaldo’s son, 17-year-old Ronald Nazario de Lima, is not Jewish, but he and his mother Milene Domingues (a model and ex-professional soccer player herself from whom Ronaldo is divorced) are active members of Sao Paulo Hebraica — which JTA described as a “cross between a Jewish community center and a country club.”
This year’s 20th Maccabiah Games, an event commonly referred to as the “Jewish Olympics,” feature a record-high 10,000 athletes — from 80 countries — competing in 43 sports.
(In the photo, Ronaldo’s son is standing on the far right, wearing yellow headphones.)