Adriano Galliani and Carlo Ancelotti talked about their
esteem and affection for Ronaldo at such a difficult time in his career. - THE
MILAN - Here are the declarations of Adriano Galliani and Carlo Ancelotti at the
end of Milan-Livorno 1-1:
"Unfortunately it was not a good night due to Ronaldo's injury. Ronie has now
been brought to the Galeazzi hospital in Milan and for the moment they have
found a serious problem to his kneecap ligament. As soon as it happened I came
off the stands to go down to the dressing room and check on his condition. He
felt a lot of pain, but now we only have to stay calm and wait without drawing
any quick conclusions. When Ronie cried, I hugged him, the tears fell on me too,
but I told him we would stay close to him. Milan have already shown in the past
they don't abandon players who suffer injuries, and the same will go for Ronaldo.
Tonight Ronie allowed us to get a point with the penalty, but we are concerned
about his incident. At the moment they are visiting him, but the complete
diagnosis cannot be made at once, we'll have to wait the next few days. Ronie
went on the pitch with the desire to help the team, in the last few days as soon
as he got better he made himself available, and he also contributed to tonight's
result which at the end of the season might turn out to be important for the
table. Now we must stay close to him.
As soon as Ronie was taken off on a stretcher, I immediately called president
Berlusconi, who asked me to keep him informed. We'll wait for the next few days
to get a definitive diagnosis and let's hope he doesn't need an operation, but
if it's necessary he will get operated.
Concerning the match, we got a draw, a result we can accept considering we are
playing every three days, but at least now we have played as many games as
everyone else. We only need one point to reach Fiorentina in fourth place, and
if we finish level at the end of the season our better head-to-head record would
favor us. Now we have sixteen matches to recuperate this point."
"We're all very sad and worried about what happened to Ronaldo, I don't want to
say his career is over because only time can put the word end to his career.
From our part, we can only stay close to him. His team mates left the stadium
quickly to reach the hospital to check on his condition, I think it's the right
way to stay close to a player who's suffering. Being close to him can help him
cope at such a delicate moment of his career.
On Sunday he hadn't played very well, but yesterday in training he did well, he
seemed more sharp, more reactive, more ready. At the start I hadn't evaluated
the possibility of bringing him on the bench, then I changed my mind because I
saw him doing well and he did well once he came in.
Too bad, because Ronie wanted to do well, he's always worked with seriousness,
and availability. He's always shown great professionalism. Ronie always behaved
very well and always tried to give his contribution to Milan, that's why he
doesn't deserve some of the things that have been written and said about him."