Record World Cup goal scorer Ronaldo faces
a year's driving ban after racking up more than a dozen traffic offences,
press reports in Brazil said.
The Brazilian striker, who was criticized for being too slow at the
finals in Germany, has been no slouch on the roads of Brazil where he
was fined 13 times in a year and owed more than 300 reals (1,363 dollars)
in fines, the O Globo newspaper reported.
The daily quoted Rio de Janeiro's traffic department as saying the Real
Madrid player, who has a record 15 World Cup goals, had paid just two
However, a spokesman for Ronaldo said he was not responsible for the
offences as he didn't live in Rio and often lent his car, a luxurious
black Audi, to family members.
He was even fined in June while he was playing in the World Cup before
Brazil were eliminated by France in the quarter-finals.
While Ronaldo, 29, made history with his Group of 16 goal in Brazil's
3-0 victory over Ghana on June 27, his driving record doesn't come close
to that of compatriot Romario, who helped Brazil lift the 1994 World Cup
in the United States.
The forward was booked 55 times and fined a total of 5400 dollars (4263
euros) for traffic offences in 2000.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo underwent a successful minor operation on his tibia
on Saturday, the Brazilian national team doctor Jose Luiz Runco said.
The player has suffered a problem with calicification on the bone in his
leg for eight months.