Crocked Milan star Ronaldo has hit back at claims from Pele
that he will never play football again, and says his comments are a blessing
because whatever ‘The King’ says, the opposite always comes true.
Ronaldo is set to be out of action for at least nine months after rupturing
the tendon in his knee.
In an interview last week, Brazil legend Pele stated that he believed Ronaldo
would never return from his injury.
"I don't think Ronaldo will be able to be the player he once was," Pele said.
"Medicine has made huge progress, but he's also a few years older now. I would
be very happy if he would be able to come back at 100%, but I'm afraid it won't
go that way."
Ronaldo has now hit back at the 1970 World Cup hero.
"He said that I will not come back to play? I am happy that he said this,”
Ronaldo told Radio Globo.
“It is well known that whatever Pele forecasts, the exact opposite comes true.
“However I don’t want to make too much of this. Pele is a legend and finds
himself in difficult situations, having to answer questions of all kinds.”
This is not the first time that Pele has been slammed for his supposed lack of
understanding of the game.
Former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, having been criticised by Pele in the
build up to the 2002 World Cup, later hit out at the former Santos man when he
returned from Korea and Japan with the trophy.
"I believe that Pele knows nothing about football,” Scolari famously said.
“He has done nothing as a coach and all his analysis always turn out to be wrong.
“If you want to win a title, you have to listen to Pele and then do the opposite."