Ronaldo plans to retire after 2010 World Cup
Recently returned soccer superstar
Ronaldo announced on Friday his plan for the future. He admitted that
the 2009 season with Corinthians may be his last year as a professional.
However, he mentioned that his participation in the 2010 World Cup would
be an ideal place to say goodbye.
"A chance to play in the World Cup would prolong my professional career.
It would be great to be able to close my career during the Cup, but I
don't want to put any pressure on anyone to make any decisions," said
the leader in goals scored in the World Cup.
The player also took the opportunity to scrutinize the president of the
Brazilian Confederation of Soccer (CBF), Ricardo Teixeira. Ronaldo
criticized Teixeira, claiming that he has a "dual personality."
"I have no interest in being friends with anyone
who has a dual personality. It is very easy to be there in the time of
victory, holding up a trophy and being a champion with the players. But,
when the players lose, it is also easy for him to point the finger and
crucify that person," added Ronaldo.
Ronaldo's dissatisfaction with Teixeira dates back to the 2006 World Cup.
The president of the CBF personally blamed the players for the poor
quality of play that led to their exit in the quarterfinals of the World
Cup in Germany in 2006.
The athlete admitted that he is not fully ready to play for the
Brazilian national soccer team quite yet. He acknowledges that he still
has some weight to shed and quickness to gain.
In his 14 games with Corinthians, Ronaldo has scored 10 goals and has
helped his team to win the
Sao Paulo state championship. They now have their eyes on the Brazilian
Cup. They travel to play Fluminense in the return leg of the
quarterfinals on May 17.