May 14th, 2013
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.
February 22nd, 2013
The former Brazilian striker Ronaldo has said that he will be moving to London for a year in order to study and work. Ronaldo recently retired from playing, which brought an end to a stellar career that saw him represent the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Inter Milan. He recently had a two-year spell with the Brazilian club Corinthians that came to an end with his retirement in 2011. He is currently part of the organising committee for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Ronaldo has revealed that he will be fulfilling his commitment as part of the agreement by returning occasionally.
He has said that he wants to make use of this opportunity to learn fluent English. Ronaldo has also rejected speculation that he is involved still with the Brazilian club Corinthians after they reportedly approached him over the possibility of helping the new signing Alexandre Pato regain his full fitness. Corinthians recently managed to secure the signing of the Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato for £ 15 million, but Ronaldo has revealed that Corinthians approached him only to ask about Pato since he played with him at AC Milan for a short while.
“Yes, I’m going to London after Carnaval in late February. I’ll spend some time there, a year studying and working, but keep with my normal life and will often return to Brazil to meet my commitments. My focus this year will be work. I want to improve my English, to speak fluent and this is a good opportunity. No. I was consulted by the medical department, because I’ve played with Pato, but it is a long time since I’ve spoken with him. What I said is that the best thing to do was to contact the medical department of Milan, where he was playing,” said Ronaldo.
December 21st, 2012
The former Real Madrid, Inter Milan, and Barcelona striker Ronaldo has said that he feels that Brazilian football is currently in the worst period of its history. His comments come in the wake of the nominees for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award announcement by FIFA. The three players nominated for this award are Cristiano Ronaldo, Andreas Iniesta, and Lionel Messi. All these players play in the Spanish league, while the Brazilian contingent of Neymar, Thiago Silva, and Marcelo have been unable to get into the final three yet again. The last time the Brazilian player was in the last three of the nominations was back in 2007 with the then-AC Milan midfielder Kaka.
During a period from 1994 to 2007, Brazilian players were extremely successful in this personal accolade due to the fact that they had eight winners in this period compared to the three winners from Argentina and France. Ronaldo himself has been the recipient of three FIFA Ballon d’Or awards, while he has been extremely close to picking the same one five other occasions. Neymar is undoubtedly the best talent from Brazil right now, but because he is playing in the Brazilian league, he has been unable to compete with the likes of Ronaldo and Messi.
“It confirms what I have been saying. Brazil are in a rut. Brazilian football is maybe in the worst period of its history. But, we must not forget that Spain have done extraordinary things. It is a moment of reflection for Brazilian football, but I believe we will soon have representatives once again,” Ronaldo said after the nominees for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award were announced. Ronaldo has urged the Santos striker Neymar to leave Brazilian football in the summer in order to test himself against the best in the world by playing for an European club.