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Former Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo Nazario da Lima recognized which teams are the ones he is predicting to win the 2014 World Cup as he stated in his latest television interview.
‘’ Brazil has a lot of chances followed by Germany and lastly Spain. Brazil demonstrated prowess in their latest friendly matches and not only that but will also be playing in their home’’.
He continued on by saying that Brazil showed what they are capable of doing when they played in the Confederations Cup and with enough time Brazil can set up their official 11 players that will play. Robinho and Kaka still are trying to fight for a place in the squad.
When asked about what he thinks about Miroslav Klose edging closer and closer on breaking his record of 15 goals scored in a World Cup, Ronaldo Nazario said:
‘’Records and statistics exists to be broken. I am not worried about that, I knew that someday someone would break it and surpass it. My history was already made, my goals already scored and nobody can erase that’’.
‘’It has always been a dream of mine to play professional football, not only with the greatest clubs in the world but with my national team Brazil everything has been very emotional for me’’.
Ronaldo admitted that he never imagined he would reach so far as he did it was something surprising for the player as he began to think back about his career and everything already accomplished.
The 37 years old Brazilian still remains playing a part for his country as he is set to replace Teixeira as President of the Brazilian Football Confederation in 2014 and was named one of the six Ambassadors of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
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Chelsea manager José Mourinho has defended his comments about the Brazilian Ronaldo being the ‘real Ronaldo’, which has been taken as a personal jibe against Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima – popularly known as Ronaldo – is regarded as one of the best strikers in the world. The former Brazilian national played for the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, and AC Milan. He is one of the celebrated players due to his record of 15 goals in the World Cup finals. However, his namesake Ronaldo is now one of the most popular players in the world.
Aside from the fact that the two players have a similar common name, there is a lot of differences between the two. Cristiano Ronaldo is primarily a winger, while Ronaldo is the striker. Mourinho recently said that he had the privilege of watching the Brazilian Ronaldo at work when he was a translator at Barcelona. Since then, Mourinho has gone on to manage some of the best players in the world including Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese got the best out of his countryman at Real Madrid in the last three years, but the two were rumoured to have fallen out with each other.
However, Mourinho has cleared his statements by saying that he made the remark about ‘real Ronaldo’ because he was the original Ronaldo.
“I said the thing about the Brazilian Ronaldo being the real one because he was the first Ronaldo. If you would ask me who the real Muller is, Thomas Muller or Gerd Muller, I would say the latter. For me, he is the real Muller because he’s the older one of the two. The entire controversy is a film that’s been assembled in Madrid. Cristiano’s a great player and has scored goals all his life,” said Mourinho after Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid in a friendly.
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Former Brazilian international Ronaldo has said that Santos striker Neymar should consider moving to European football almost immediately in order to improve himself as a footballer. Ronaldo established himself as one of the best strikers in the world after his move to European football. He played for the likes of Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Real Madrid in a stellar career that saw him become one of the most feared in the world. He is now retired and is currently the ambassador of the FIFA 2014 World Cup organising committee.
Neymar has been linked with several looks like Chelsea and Barcelona in the last few years, but he has been reluctant to move so far. He has said on several occasions that he may consider a move only after the 2014 World Cup, but Ronaldo has said that it is too late. Neymar has already flopped on several occasions at the international stage. He has been extremely poor in the friendly matches Brazil played against England and Italy, which has already resulted in some clubs offering him much less than they offered a few years ago.
Ronaldo has said that Neymar’s career will stagnate if he stays in Brazil for too long. The 21-year-old is valued at around £ 35 million right now.
“A player of his quality only grows when facing great difficulty and you can only find this in Europe. In Brazil, Neymar is not going to grow. Neymar is a great football player. When he starts playing in Europe, he will become the best player in the world. He is too talented to continue playing in Brazil,” said the 36-year-old former Brazil international, who made close to 100 appearances for the national team. He also holds the record for the most number of goals scored in a World Cup finals.