The Brazilian legend Ronaldo has played for several big clubs during his career. The last one was AC Milan in Europe, where he transferred from Real Madrid. The then coach of the Spanish club, Fabio Capello, has now revealed how the transfer actually went down.
Ronaldo Nazário at the top? One of the best players in football history, unfortunately he couldn’t stay on it as long as we would have liked. Watching him at his best was absolutely wonderful.
In Europe, he played for PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and AC Milan in succession, ending his career at Brazilian side Corinthians, where he left after ending up as a free agent at Milan.
His former coach Fabio Capello, who managed him at Real Madrid, has now revealed the circumstances surrounding Ronaldo’s departure to the Rossoneri and also revealed his conversation with then AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi.
Ronaldo netted 103 goals in 177 games during his five years at Real Madrid, winning two league titles and generally leaving a big mark here. He left midway through the 2006/07 season. There was interest in him in the Arab world, but he headed to Milan.
And what did Capello reveal? “Sending Ronaldo away from Madrid was a good decision. I spoke to the club president and told him we had to get rid of him. He weighed 94 kilograms, when he won the World Cup with Brazil he weighed 84 kilograms. I asked him to lose weight because he can’t play like that,” Football-Italia quoted the Italian coach as saying.
“But he couldn’t lose weight. He loved the nightlife, the women. Other players followed his example. When I told the president that he had to be sold, the Arab team was in the game. It was done. But then Berlusconi called me and asked me what the situation was. I told him that Ronaldo likes the nightlife, women and weighs 94 kilos. Berlusconi thanked me and the next day I read that he was transferring to Milan,” Capello added.
Unfortunately, after joining AC Milan, Ronaldo did not show his full qualities. In the first half of the year he scored 7 goals and added 5 assists in 14 games, but in the second half he was ravaged by injuries, especially to his knee ligaments. In 20 games for the Rossoneri he scored a total of 9 goals and stuck to 5 assists.
Source: Transfermarkt, Marca, Football-Italia
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