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Ronaldo approves of new World Cup mascot

FIFA

Brazilian legend Ronaldo has given his seal of approval to the recently unveiled World Cup 2014 mascot, an armadillo.

The former striker told reporters: "The mascot will play a key ambassadorial role in the next two years.

"I'm sure he will inspire many young football fans and all over the world with the great passion which he has for the sport and for his country."

In order to make the World Cup more interactive, the public will have the chance to vote for the armadillo's name, from choices of Amijubi, Fuleco or Zuzeco.

Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke also spoke of the mascot: "One of the key objectives through the 2014 FIFA World Cup is to use the event as a platform to communicate the importance of the environment and ecology.

"We are glad to be able to do so with the help of a mascot who I'm sure will be much-loved, not only in Brazil, but all over the world."

The armadillo was chosen after various polls and panels. It is also based on a real animal, an endangered species found in the north-east of Brazil. 

 
 

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