World player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo plans to join Real Madrid on Saturday as part of the Spanish club's U.S. summer tour, but the Portuguese winger is unlikely to play against Inter Milan at Cal's Memorial Stadium.
Ronaldo's addition to the Real roster was announced Wednesday by promoters of the Guinness International Champions Cup, an exhibition tournament featuring eight of the world's best soccer teams. He was left off the original roster named Monday.
Real, winners of the UEFA Champions League title in May, open the tournament at 3 p.m. Saturday in the first soccer game to be played at Memorial Stadium. Officials expect a sellout at the 63,000-seat stadium. It's doubtful Ronaldo would play on the day he arrives from Europe. The player has been recuperating from a knee injury that bothered him during the recent World Cup in Brazil. Portugal was eliminated in group play.
However, World Cup players Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric joined Real's training camp Wednesday at UCLA, the team announced.
Real's rivals Atletico Madrid plays Sunday against the Earthquakes in the last sporting event at Candlestick Park. Atleti has not announced its roster for the friendly that is separate from the International Champions Cup.
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