After years in Europe, Ronaldo returned to Brazil in 2009 to defend the colors of Corinthians. However, before starting the trajectory in the barsOh ‘phenomenaspent time recovering from his knee injury at flamenco.
In an interview with the podcast “ Speak, Galvao!“, by presenter and narrator Galvão Bueno, on Youtube, the former attaché told behind the scenes what he experienced at the heart club. From training to the lack of Red-Black offer which made him stop at the São Paulo club.
« I came to Flamengo, I spent four months training, recovering from the game with the ball now, the final game. Training assistance. I remember Paulo Victor, who was the third goalkeeper at the time, he stayed with me to practice in goal. I trained with the first team to practice possession of the ball, shooting on goal. I spent four months training, and they saw my evolution on a daily basis. I was waiting for this invitation. But it didn’t come. Until the Corinthians came and formalized the biggest offer to me,” he said.
Precarious structure found at Corinthians
On his time at Corinthians, Ronaldo revealed that he only has positive memories. However, at first, after accepting the offer, he was surprised by what he found regarding the structure of the alvinegro.
“The crazed group came into my life overwhelmingly. It was wonderful to have known the Corinthians, Fell. Get to know the city of São Paulo better, which fascinates me today. Even though I’m from Rio, I’m crazy about Sao Paulo. I stabilized in Sao Paulo and there is an incredible story. Short, intense. UN Paulista ChampionshipUN Brazil Cup. The best part for me was starting this whole revolution that was the Corinthians. »
“Because when I arrived, there was no infrastructure to train me. I spoke to Andrés: “President, this is unacceptable. We have no locker room, CT, stadium, nothing”. We started working there, I helped Andrés a lot with that. He was too firm in allot what he was accomplishing. He said, « We’re going to do it, whatever the cost. » The CT project started, later there was the World Cup, but I already had the idea of building the stadium. We joined the dots to draw the stadium project. This was a very important point in the history of the Corinthians. Because Corinthians have always been huge on the outside, but on the inside, for the professionals, what was there was a shame. We changed clothes in an improvised content, which when it rained, it rained more inside the container than outside. Many times I would go to practice, finish the practice, pick up the dirty clothes, take my clothes in my hand, go home, and the next day take the clothes. Like I did in school. After all, I conquered thinking that I was going to play for Corinthians and that I was going to find a more or less basic infrastructure, but I didn’t even have that. There has been a transformation, a lot of investments. Andrés understood the need for change and level change. earn CONMEBOL Libertadoresearn moons. It was an incredible passage for me,” she added.
Upcoming Corinthians matches:
Atletico MG (B): 07/08, 6:30 p.m. (from Brasilia) – Brasileirao
university (C): 07/11, 9:30 p.m. (from Brasilia) – CONMEBOL South America
America-MG (C) – 07/15, 16:30 (from Brasilia) – Brasileirao
Flamengo’s next matches:
Palm trees (F) – 08/07, 9 p.m. – Brasileirao
Athletico PR (F) – 07/12, 9:30 p.m. – Brasileirao
Fluminense (V) – 07/16, 4 p.m. – Brasileirao