Fabio Capello has been speaking about Ronaldo and it is clear to see why the player is a little bit upset with his manager. The Brazilian striker is a figure of fun here in Spain and the butt of some cruel jokes about his weight.
Capello said today, “Ronaldo is training better every single day, working hard and getting back to an acceptable level of fitness. He’s not at his peak, he’s a little bit fat and he has to lose some weight. I can see he’s getting there”
There have been reports in the Spanish press about a rift between the striker and management at Real Madrid and when Capello makes public statements like these, its easy to see why the player feels that he is not getting the support he needs. He may be overweight, but humiliating him will not make matter any easier and it is understandable why Ronaldo feels that Capello is getting a little personal.
He doesn’t mix his words and it is a combination of the Italian’s forthright manner and his limited grasp of Spanish that is rubbing Ronaldo up the wrong way. Even when he tries to pay him a compliment, Capello always seems to sneak in a little jibe.
Capello continued; “He has lost a lot of weight but today I told him that he needs to lose a bit more if he wants to get back to being the Ronaldo we all know. He can’t do that if he’s not right physically, and losing weight is a big part of that for him. We weigh him twice a week”
“He looks like a player now; he didn’t when I got here. He lacked mobility. He hadn’t had a pre –season or played in any friendlies, just the copa del Rey. He needs time to get sharp”
He might play against Celta, but people can pressure me all that they want, the decision is in my head”
“I’ve never seen a player with the quality that Ronaldo has. He has it all”