Friday, 3 November 2006

Ronaldo wants Nobel Peace prize

RonaldoSurreal does not really go far enough to describe Ronaldo's ambition to win the Nobel Peaze prize, in an interview with Spanish daily ABC. Admittedly, he has a role as a UN goodwill ambassador, but then so did Geri Halliwell! The interview has some surprising revelations on his current state of mind(lessness).

You must be relieved Barcelona is not the team of last season:

I don't watch their games. I only ever watch Real Madrid games. It's been... years since I saw a game from start to finish. I just watch the highlights. Football bores me. I've never watched much football; I only watch the games I'm in to correct my mistakes. I always do it. The evening of the day after the game. Whenever they give me the tapes. They've not given me many tapes recently (laughs)

On being a substitute:
I spent half of last season injured; I played the World Cup suffering from tendonitis and I've just had an operation to resolve that tendonitis. I'm still getting back into form. When I was playing everything was better. Another bad thing about being a substitute is that you have to train harder, and I've always hated training, although I think it's probably good for me at this point.

Have you ever spent 40 minutes warming up?
Never. They went on forever. I felt forgotten, but I behaved well. I couldn't complain, make a scene. I didn't warm up with Cassano. He just lost his head. I didn't, no matter what was going on inside my head.

What's the worst thing about not playing?
To not have the trust of the coach and to not know what to do about getting that trust back. I don't know what I have to do to get back in the starting eleven. I try everything: run, jump, be fast...

They tell me your dream is to win the Nobel Peace prize
Yes, it's a dream, a very distant one. I have to work a lot, help a lot, put all my energies into this cause I believe in, to one day deserve a prize like this. It's in my hands.


linda said...

Gonzalo, I have a question about Ronaldo. What's the situation really like between him and Capello? Press reports of their 'rift' seem a bit overblown to me.

Gonzalo said...


I don't think it's personal; however, Ronaldo has had it far too easy from successive coaches for a long time, and, as he says, he hates training, and nobody's really made him do it. the problem now is that his body can't quite recover as quickly as it did and his lack of training discipline makes every comeback that much harder.

Capello also demands that all his players contribute to both defence and attack, something Ronaldo has never had to do before. My feeling is that his days at Real Madrid (and possible at any sort of top-level football) really are numbered.