AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti said he was
delighted with Ronaldo's debut in a 2-1 win over Livorno on Sunday. The
three-time FIFA World Player of the Year, who Milan signed from Real Madrid for
7.5 million euros last month, gave a lively performance after coming on for the
final 30 minutes of their Serie A match at the San Siro stadium.
"He played for half an hour, created three chances, looked dangerous from long
range and did very well to free himself from his markers," Ancelotti told
Italy's Sky television. "He must improve his physical condition, but I believe
he will be very important to us."
Ronaldo, who played for Milan's city rivals Inter from 1997 to 2002, received an
ovation when he replaced fellow Brazilian Ricardo Oliveira. Czech midfielder
Marek Jankulovski scored Milan's winning goal five minutes later, but the
Brazilian went close to grabbing a third with a dipping shot that visiting
keeper Marco Amelia dived to push round his post.
"He is an incredible talent. At the moment he only shows it in flashes, but
basically he's the same player he always was - very fast, powerful, quick to
react, and has wonderful technique," Ancelotti said.
Ronaldo, whose last competitive appearance was in Real's 2-0 defeat to Deportivo
Coruna on 7 January, agreed there was plenty of room for improvement. "It went
really well," he said. "I've still got a lot to learn from this group of players,
but I'm pleased with the start I've made. Sooner or later the goals will come."