Real Madrid coach
Vanderlei Luxemburgo has told star striker Ronaldo that he will be given
the same holiday as the rest of his squad - but how the Brazilian fills
it is up to him.
The Madrid players who are not on international duty begin their
holidays on May 29 and do not return until July 8.
Ronaldo, however, has a busy northern summer schedule in store with
He has to fly back to South America to participate in their World Cup
qualifiers and has also been called up to Carlos Alberto Parreira's
squad for the Confederations Cup squad, which will be played in Germany
from June 15-29.
Should he play, the 28-year-old former Internazionale striker will
therefore have only nine days rest before he is due to begin his
pre-season back in Madrid.
And bearing in mind that the World Cup finals take place at the end of
next season, the striker faces a real risk of exhaustion.
Luxemburgo, though, is unmoved by his striker's situation and claims the
matter is now out of his hands.
"The day he was called up, Ronaldo called me and said his holidays had
been interrupted," the manager told Brazilian paper O Dia.
"Real Madrid's holidays are programmed from May 29 to July 8. Parreira
has to know what is happening, but that is a problem between the player
and the Brazilian confederation."
"I don't want to know anything about this and I don't want any
misunderstandings. What is clear is that Real Madrid have given the
players 38 days of holidays and that in the middle of July we are going
on tour to the USA and Asia."