Ronaldo is recovering from an injury-hit
season and has improved considerably during Brazil's pre-World Cup
preparation, Brazil's physical trainer said Saturday.
"He has improved well," Moraci Sant'Anna said. "He's feeling well,
without any pain."
Ronaldo was sidelined for most of April and May because of a muscle
injury suffered in the Spanish league. He had various injuries at the
start of the year and played sparingly for Real Madrid, scoring only
five goals in the team's first 19 matches.
"He's not having problems with his leg anymore, he's already feeling
stronger," Sant'Anna said before Brazil's last training session before
moving to Germany to defend its world title.
Many said Ronaldo was overweight when he reported to Brazil's training
camp two weeks ago, but the striker insisted such comments were coming
from people who were "not well-informed."
Brazilian doctors have constantly said Ronaldo was in acceptable
condition and was expected to be in his top form in the beginning of the
The 29-year-old striker will be playing his 100th match for Brazil in
the team's debut against Croatia on June 13.
He is tied with Pele with 12 World Cup goals and is only three away from
becoming the tournament's all-time leading scorer.
Ronaldo scored two goals in Brazil's 8-0 victory against Swiss club FC
Lucerne on Tuesday in Basel, Switzerland.
Brazil, in Group F along with Croatia, Australia and Japan, will play
its last warmup match against New Zealand on Sunday in Geneva.
Organizers announced Saturday that a night in the hotel room used by
Ronaldo in Weggis was auctioned on the eBay Web site $830. The money
would be donated to a Brazilian charity.