Kazim-Richards delighted to follow in Ronaldo's footsteps with Corinthians switch

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The former Reading and Brighton man turned down offers from China and the United Arab Emirates to emulate his idol in Sao Paulo

Colin Kazim-Richards is thrilled to have the opportunity to play at the same club as Ronaldo having signed a two-year contract at Corinthians.

Last week Corinthians announced the signing of Kazim-Richards from Coritiba, for whom he scored three goals in 21 Campeonato Brasileiro appearances last term.

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The forward, known solely as Kazim in Brazil, is pleased to have joined the six-time national champions in Sao Paulo, claiming to have turned down offers from China and the United Arab Emirates.

Kazim-Richards said he was delighted with the chance to represent a club two-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo turned out for in the twilight of his career.

"To play in the team that Ronaldo played is really good. I was born in London and never imagined playing for Corinthians, never in my dreams," he told a media conference.

"My objective is to help. This is the best club in the Americas. I came because it is my dream to play in a great club like Corinthians.

"I had offers from China and Dubai but I said that I wanted to play here. Winning a title with Corinthians would be really great.

"I have passion, heart, everything to play here. I would die for this shirt."

Corinthians are the 13th club of Kazim-Richards' career, which has included spells at Bury, Fenerbahce, Toulouse, Olympiacos and Feyenoord.

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