Brazil's Ronaldo to star as himself in Iranian film

Movie is based on Palestinian refugee teen fan's true story


Brazilian football star Ronaldo will star as himself in an Iranian movie based on the true story of a Palestinian girl who was killed before realizing her dream of meeting him, according to press reports Wednesday.

The film is based on the true story of 13-year-old Alneyrab who dreamed of meeting the sport superstar during his 2005 humanitarian mission to the region but was only able to watch him from a distance.

She dies in a refugee camp in Southern Lebanon after losing a leg to an anti-personnel mine without ever meeting her idol.

The three-time world player of the year has signed a pre-contract for the Iranian-directed film, his agent Fabiano Farah told the Brazilian sports website Globo website, though he still has to get permission from his club to act in it.

The 32-year-old two-time World Cup champion will appear in some dream scenes, said Farrokh Faradji Chadan, president of the Brazil-Iran chamber of commerce.

The film does not yet have a name.

The movie could start filming as early as September in Lebanon, where Ronoldo would only need to spend a few days shooting, he said, though he did not say how much the all-time leading World Cup scorer would be paid for his role in what Chadan called a “humanitarian” production.

He is set to be in Palestine September with his club Corinithians to play a friendly against another Brazilian club, the Fluminese. The teams rejected requests to play in Israel as well.

Ronaldo had previously visisted Israel and the West Bank in 2005 as a U.N. Development Program goodwill ambassador on a campaign against poverty.