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Ronaldo to make Real Madrid return for charity game against Roma

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Former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo will return to the Santiago Bernabeu pitch for the first time in a decade to take part in Sunday's charity legends match against Roma.

Ronaldo scored 105 goals in 185 games for Madrid between 2002 and 2007, winning two La Liga titles, the Intercontinental Cup and Spanish Super Cup, as well as the 2002 Ballon d'Or.

The 40-year-old recently returned to the Madrid fold as an official club ambassador, and will now make another appearance at the Santiago Bernabeu in Sunday's game against a Roma selection, where he will play alongside former teammates including Raul Gonzalez, Luis Figo and Roberto Carlos.

"The Brazilian Ronaldo Nazario, current ambassador [of] Real Madrid, will once again grace the Santiago Bernabeu pitch on Sunday as he takes part in the 'Corazon Classic Match 2017 Latidos por Africa,'" a club statement read.

"Ronaldo will join the club's Leyendas [Legends] team, going head-to-head with the Italian AS Roma Legends for a worthy charitable cause: the children of Africa who are taking part in the Real Madrid Foundation's schools and projects.

"There are just two days left to book tickets for this one off game which will see the likes of Ronaldo Nazario, Raul Gonzalez, Roberto Carlos, Luis Figo, Christian Karembeu, Emilio Butragueno and a whole host of other names from Real Madrid history take part."

The "Heartbeats for Africa" game is being organised by Madrid's foundation, with the money raised funding 41 projects in 29 countries in Africa.

Former Madrid striker Butragueno, currently the club's director of institutional relations, told ESPN FC recently that the foundation helps over 43,000 children who face difficult challenges in countries worldwide.

Raul's appearance in Sunday's game is seen as a step toward him taking up a new role at the club.

Raul, La Liga's current country manager for the United States, told El Transistor that he had agreed a return in an undefined off-pitch role.

"I have already signed with them, and I am happy to be with this club," Raul said. "I will be close to the directors, learning things, and getting to know the club from inside. After seven years away, returning to Real Madrid is my dream."

Ronaldo was doing ambassadorial work on Spanish TV show "El Hormiguero" earlier this week, where he said: "[Madrid] president Florentino Perez is doing a great job and is the new Santiago Bernabeu."