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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Ronaldo Returns To Milan

In the next few days, Ronaldo will become an AC Milan player. Late last week, he flew to Milan to undergo medical testing at the famed "Milan Lab." It was a curious development, since rarely do players have these tests before the actual transfer is announced.

He has signed an 18 month deal at the San Siro, a place where he is no stranger. He spent five years with Inter Milan, and departed somewhat controversially after winning the World Cup with Brasil in 2002. Many have written him off, including his coach at Real Madrid, Fabio Capello. But unlike David Beckham and Luis Figo, Ronaldo was not lured to North America or Saudi Arabia. He still wants to show the world that he can play at the highest levels.

To all those who say I’m a finished player with nothing left to give, I will prove you wrong.” He has already been welcomed to the Milanese fold by team captain, Paolo Maldini, who called him the best player of the modern era after Diego Maradona.

O Fenomeno has been called fat by some, and past his prime by others. Nobody has scored more goals than he at the World Cup. I remember seeing him as a shy 17 year old during WC 1994. He was brought along to obtain a taste for what would await him. He is a tremendous player, and I believe that his return to Milan will be a good development for all concerned.

Weighing in Ronaldo, which I wrote during the World Cup for the International Herald Tribune fan blog.

11 March will be the derby with Inter Milan. That should be an interesting atmosphere for the former Interista.

Forza Ronnie!

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