Vol. 4 Num 36 Wed. July 02, 2003  

Ronaldo not worried

Brazil striker Ronaldo has brushed aside the dismal recent performances by the five-times world champions, saying they will perform when it matters.

"It's always been like that with the national team. We run into difficulties, but when it matters we get what we want just as we did at the World Cup last year," he told reporters.

Brazil have played nine games since the World Cup final against Germany one year ago, winning three, drawing three and losing three.

They were knocked out of the Confederations Cup in France in the first round after sending an experimental team with 11 uncapped players. Ronaldo was among the players rested.

Ronaldo said he was satisfied with his first season at Real Madrid following his controversial transfer from Inter Milan.

"It was good because I scored 23 goals and we won the championship," he said. "I hope to improve next year, scoring more goals and winning more titles."

"Real Madrid's philosophy is to have the best players... competition is good in any team. There's room for everyone."

FOOTBALL FOR FUN: Superstar Ronaldo (L) showing off during an exhibition match with some of his friends in Rio de Janeiro on June 30. Photo: Reuters