AC Milan backs Ronaldo to return from serious knee injury

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has told Ronaldo he will return from his latest injury setback as “a champion”.

The 31-year-old flew to Paris on Thursday after suffering ruptured knee ligaments in winning the penalty which earned his side a point in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Livorno.

Ronaldo is to meet with the same doctor who treated him when he suffered a similar injury in 2000, Gerard Saillant, after the club confirmed he would need surgery.

The Brazil striker will likely be sidelined for up to a year and there has been speculation the injury could finish off his career, but Berlusconi believes otherwise.

He told www.raisport.rai.it on Wednesday: “I reached Ronaldo by phone yesterday and I told him to believe in himself.

“He has an extraordinary physique and I believe that in some months he can return to be the champion he is.”

Ronaldo was taken to hospital after the match where the extent of the injury was confirmed.

Vice president Adriano Galliano admitted it had been upsetting for everyone associated with the club.

“As soon as it happened I came off the stands to go down to the dressing room and check on his condition,” he told the club’s official website.

“He felt a lot of pain, but now we only have to stay calm and wait without drawing any quick conclusions.

“When Ronie cried, I hugged him, the tears fell on me too, but I told him we would stay close to him.

“Milan have already shown in the past they don’t abandon players who suffer injuries, and the same will go for Ronaldo.”


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  • Anonymous

    Ronaldo is the greatest player to ever live! PERIOD! he will return with a vengence and destroy any team who comes in his way. He is injury prone , But i Now he will come back. He the ‘el phenomeno’ the boy wonder, The king……..the WORLD STAY TUNE RONALDO WILL BE BACK TO WIN THE 2010 WORLD CUP

  • stephen

    Poor Ronaldo. He was the best player in the world, (just look at some of those videos on YouTube) and then he is plagued by all these injuries. Plus he has all these people (including Brazilians) who are critical of him because of his weight.

  • Tzone

    Ronaldo will indeed make a comeback and is unquestionably one of the greatest to play the game. However, I bet his comeback at Milan only lasts a year before he moves to play in the MLS.

  • alanalvarezmexican

    hey Anonymous i dont know what u are talking about they critical of him weight wasent ronaldo over weight when he was the best player in the world?

  • alex

    can every1 stop callin r9 owerweight? he is robust, strong as hell, that’s what made him best in the world.

  • phil

    Ronaldo is chubby