Ex-Brazil footballer plans to cycle 600km to training inorder to raise money for the poor

Former Brazilian international Fred took off on a five-day, 600-kilometer bike ride on Monday to help poor families affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

  The 36-year-old announced on Twitter his “Fred’s Tower” from the city of Belo Horizonte, southeast of Rio in Janeiro, where he plays for Fluminense.

  He said he wanted to “help 4,000 poor families” and promised to donate a basket of food for each kilometer traveled, while he also launched an online campaign to collect donations.

  Fred left Monday at dawn and must take dirt roads and small roads to avoid the main highways and the risk that crowds break the rules of social distancing by going out to encourage him.

  Its final destination is the Fluminense training center near the Rio 2016 Olympic Park.

  Fred scored 18 goals in 39 appearances for Brazil and played in the 2006 and 2014 World Cups.

  He helped Brazil win the 2007 Copa America and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

  Fred has made a name for himself in Europe for Lyon, helping the French team to win Ligue 1 for three consecutive years from 2006 to 2008.

  He returned home in 2009 and won two Brazilian titles with Fluminense.

  Fred was born in Teofilo Otini, near Belo Horizonte, and began his career at America Mineiro.

  He also played for Cruzeiro and Atletico Mineiro, the two biggest clubs in Belo Horizonte.

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