Ronaldo gets vote of confidence

2006-05-24 07:47

Weggis - Brazil's under-fire forward Ronaldo received a vote of confidence from team coach Carlos Alberto Parreira on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old Real Madrid striker has not played since tearing a right thigh muscle in April but Parreira said he had no concerns over the 2002 World Cup top scorer who needs just three goals to pass Gerd Muller's overall record of 14.

"Ronaldo is well and is training superbly," said Parreira, who coached Brazil to the 1994 penalty shootout win over Italy.

"His weight is ideal. I think all he needs is to rediscover his match fitness and he can do that in the two warm-up matches we are going to play here in Switzerland.

"Ronaldo will be in top form for the World Cup."

Ronaldo has had a fairly miserable season in Spain even, though, he scored his 100th goal for the meringues, as Real Madrid finished the campaign without a trophy for the third year in a row.

Ronaldo became the main target of the fans disenchantment being booed and jeered and is likely to leave in the close season.

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