Brazilian singing star Caetano Veloso defended disgraced
footballer Ronaldo at a show in Rio de Janeiro, saying the AC Milan striker did
not have to apologize to anyone over his embarrassing encounter with three
transvestites in a Rio motel.
The incident last month in which Ronaldo went to the motel with three
prostitutes only to find out they were transvestites has been the talk of Brazil.
The three-times former world player of the year has since given TV interviews to
profess his shame but has also been mocked mercilessly on variety shows and in
At the concert in Rio on Thursday night, Veloso, one of Brazil's most renowned
musicians and an influential figure in his home country, played a
rarely-performed 1982 song "Three Transvestites." He then followed up by
"Ronaldo does not have to ask forgiveness. The intimate part is no one's
business. Ronaldo's football is poetry and poetry must be respected," he told
"Ronaldo was right when he said he didn't want to pay because he was being
threatened. This man is a star."
Ronaldo said after the run-in that the transvestites had tried to blackmail him.
He said he had done something "really stupid" and feared his reputation has been
The 31-year-old, who scored both goals when Brazil beat Germany 2-0 in the 2002
World Cup final, is recovering from a knee injury that is expected to keep him
out of football action for another seven months.