Ronaldo has sensationally claimed that he was forced out of Real Madrid after he had a bust up with the then coach Fabio Capello.
Considered as one of the finest players of his generation, Ronaldo Luis Nazario is still remembered fondly by the Bernabeu faithful. He plied his trade for four years in the Spanish capital, having scored 104 goals in 177 appearances. But he only played in 13 games under Capello, before he was ousted by the Italian.
Now, Ronaldo has come out and spoken about his time in Madrid and why he left the club that he still holds in his heart.
“I left against my will,” he told Fox Sports Brasi.
“I began to have many problems with Capello. I could be 100g over my target weight and I’d be out of the team.
“Ultimately, I’m tolerant and I want to understand other points of view, but with him I had no understanding.
“I understood his role as the coach, but sometimes, in football, it’s not 100g or 200g that make the difference.
“It’s performance, and he didn’t evaluate my performance as a whole or consider what I could give to the team. If I played badly, it was because I was overweight.
“Our relationship was deteriorating, until there was a complete break, and at a moment like that, when the coach is stronger, the club had to make a decision.”
Ronaldo then moved to AC Milan, but suffered another knee injury which effectively ended his career at the highest level. Capello did not last long either as he was sacked at the end of the season.
Capello has coached Madrid on two separate occasions. Although he won the league in both years, he was sacked because he fell out with the club’s top brass.