Breaking the all-time record for goals in
the World Cup is not top of Brazil striker's Ronaldo's list but beating
African side Ghana in Tuesday's second round clash is.
The 29-year-old's brace against Japan brought the Real Madrid star level
with German Gerd Muller's mark of 14 but he said on Sunday that it
wasn't really on his mind.
"I dedicated the two goals against Japan to my son Ronald, who was in
the stands wearing a Brazil shirt," said Ronaldo, whose second goal
especially undermined his critics who said he was too slow and too fat
to be in the starting XI of the five-time champions.
"My target is to win the World Cup and if I score goals all the better.
"I am not obsessed being the leading scorer at the World Cup or breaking
"I am of course delighted to have equalled the record of 14 goals and if
I take it to a new level, I will be even happier but the objective
remains as it always has been to win the World Cup.
"These landmarks are always around. For instance if I score against
Ghana I could be the player to score Brazil's 200th goal at a World Cup
finals, but so what. Beating Ghana is the most important thing," added
Ronaldo, who was top scorer at the 2002 edition including both goals in
the 2-0 win over Germany in the final.
While beating Ghana remains his next target, Ronaldo accepts that the
African giants will be no pushover.
"We are in good form, and well prepared to take on whoever is the
opponent," said Ronaldo, who like his team-mates failed to convince in
the first two matches, a 1-0 win over Croatia and a 2-0 win against
"Now it is the turn of Ghana, who we know well.
"We have watched their matches (the first two a 2-0 defeat by Italy and
a 2-0 victory over Czech Republic) and we will try and prey on their
"We know the players well, as 21 of the 23 play in Europe.
"However we must not be complacent, as they have plenty of quality
Ronaldo also dismissed suggestions that he was happier playing alongside
Real Madrid team-mate Robinho than Inter Milan's barrel-chested forward
Adriano, who Ronaldo set up for the first goal against Australia but has
been reported to be unhappy he did not play any role in the 4-1 win over
"It was no better or worse with Robinho," said Ronaldo, who may well
have Adriano as his strike partner for the Ghana clash as Robinho is
struggling with a painful thigh.
"We just showed that we have an excellent squad and that the coach can
rely on everybody to do a good job.
"(Carlos Alberto) Parreira (the coach) has to see how we are playing,
and I like the others want to play.
"Everybody is in the same boat, those who play will give everything and
those who don't will wait for their chance.
"The squad is in good shape, we are united and confident that we can go
the whole way. Every one of us is ready to make sacrifices to win the