Three-time former world footballer of the year Ronaldo has
shelved thoughts about playing again and is focused on the lengthy and testing
physiotherapy sessions needed to properly recuperate his injured left knee.
The 31-year-old AC Milan striker underwent surgery at the Pitie-Salpetriere
hospital in Paris last week on the tendon ruptured while playing for his club
against Livorno in Serie A action.
It was the latest in a series of knee injuries that have affected his glittering
career, which has seen him established as top World Cup goal scorer.
"My heart tells me to play again but my body is sending me signs of fatigue and
suffering," said Ronaldo, who is due to be released from hospital on Friday but
will remain in Paris for two further weeks before returning to Milan.
"It has been a real knock-out blow, both physically and mentally," he admitted.
"I still don't know how it happened. I still mustn't think about playing again.
I must focus for the moment on undergoing the best physio possible. This will be
"If I'm okay at the end of that, then of course I'll play again. If there's
another ending, it will be a difficult and sad decision. I know exactly the
bridges I have to cross. I have experience of recuperating from injury."
According to Professeur Yves Catonne, head of orthopedic and sports surgery at
the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital, Ronaldo will likely have to wait five to six
months before jogging and eight months before touching a ball again.