February 26th, 2014
The Brazilian legend and World Cup’s leading goal scorer Ronaldo has openly challenged some of the most eminent boxers- The first one is Floyd Mayweather who is the World’s number 1 boxer, the second is Anderson Silva who is the MMA legend and the third is Junior dos Santos who is an ex-UFC Heavyweight Champion.
He recently posted his picture on Instagram and gave it a caption that said that he was preparing to fight against Floyd Mayweather, Junior dos Santos and Anderson Silva. Along with that, he has posted a picture on twitter which clearly shows the changes that Ronaldo’s body has undergone.
Ronaldo had to combat weight problem for years even when he was playing football for Brazil. Plus he has battled hypothyroidism as well. When he reached his thirties, he had to suffer a lot due to his weight gain. After he retired from football officially, he gained tremendous amount of weight.
Ever since he retired, Ronaldo has been working out in the gym and trying hard to shed the extra pounds that he has gained. He has also become associated with combat sports. So obviously, he must have developed a love for boxing and therefore has challenged legends like dos Santos, Mayweather and Silva.
In the past Ronaldo has won the FIFA World Player of the Year honor for about three times and he has played for teams like AC Milan, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Barcelona and PSV. When Ronaldo used to play football, the three things that use to work for him on the football field are: skill, power and speed.
Floyd Mayweather has still not decided with which boxer he will compete next. So there is a high possibility that Floyd Mayweather will accept the challenge of Ronaldo instead of fighting against boxers like Marcos Maidana and Amir Khan.
December 18th, 2013
The 3 times winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year award, Ronaldo Nazario de Lima or better known as ‘’The Phenomenon’’ spoke his mind about who he believes will win the Ballon d’Or and despite being injured for the past month, the retired forward insists that Messi is his favorite on winning it once more.
“I’d bet everything on Messi. He’s an incredible player – he’s playing very well but has been injured over the last month”.
Even though his favorite is Messi, he continued on saying that it would be unfair if Cristiano Ronaldo did not win the Ballon d’Or: “They’re both so evenly matched that Cristiano also deserves it. They’re the two best players of the past five or six years”.
Although Ronaldo has been retired for over 2 years, he still plays an important role off the pitch and pays close attention to the world of football as he is a member of the Management Board of Brazil 2014’s Local Organizing Committee.
Not too long ago Pele said that he was confident on Brazil hosting a successful World Cup despite having nothing but setbacks with the construction of stadiums, the budget for Brazil, the huge travel distance that some nations will have to do in order to play their respective matches, the former Santos player had nothing but confidence exuding.
Ronaldo said a few things on his mind as well when speaking in a press conference that he attended as he discussed a series of topics involving the 2014 World Cup.
“I see the FIFA World Cup as a major opportunity for all of us, one that will bring investments for our country. We’re going to have a great legacy here, with all the investments that have been made in infrastructures, the Host Cities, new stadiums and the renovation and building of airports and more.”
He later went on praising the Brazilian squad and he is hoping they make it into the finals with the new generation of players led by Neymar; they have a lot of expectations surrounding them in this World Cup.
November 12th, 2013
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.
August 29th, 2013
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.