Brazilian superstar Ronaldo, who joined Corinthians in a controversial move last
week, may weigh 210 pounds, but the Corinthians coaching staff has given him
permission to eat whatever he likes during the Christmas break, because after
that he will be subject to a rigorous dieting schedule.
As well as this, when Ronaldo begins preseason training with his new teammates,
he will be forced to follow an intense training routine, in order to strengthen
his right knee, and the rest of his lower body.
"You can't persecute Ronaldo during Christmas, and I don't think he will put on
a great deal of weight in one night," Corinthians physiatrist, Danile Leite
Portella, told Globo Esporte. "He won't be able to take in [7 pounds] of food,
and he will surely know how to control himself."
Ronaldo has to be prepared to make sacrifices, as team doctor Joaquin Grava
explained that he will have to lose 11 pounds in two weeks. The former Real
Madrid and Barcelona player is expected to weigh 196 or 198 pounds, bringing his
total body weight mass down by 10 to 13.5 percent.
Heading into the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Ronaldo weighed 209 pounds, and he
played at 200 after following a strict routine.