Former Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello has revealed the “problematic nature” of Ronaldo Nazario, despite the football star being the best striker he has ever coached in his managerial career.
Capello described the former Brazil international as a world-class striker.
Speaking to Skysports, Capello said: “The greatest talent I trained was Ronaldo, but at the same time, he was the one who gave me the most problems in the dressing-room.
“He used to throw parties and Van Nistelrooy once complained that the dressing-room smelled like an alcohol joint.
“Then Ronaldo went to Milan and we started to win, but if we’re talking about talent then he was the greatest, without a doubt.”
Ronaldo started his career at Cruzeiro and moved to PSV in 1994, where he won the 1996 Fifa World Player of the Year award at 20, making him the youngest recipient.
He joined Barcelona the next season for a then world record fee and won the 1997 Ballon d’Or, making him the youngest Ballon d’Or winner, as well as the 1997 Fifa World Player of the Year.
In 1997, Inter Milan broke the world record fee to sign Ronaldo, making him only the second player, after Diego Maradona, to break the world transfer record twice. By age 23, Ronaldo had scored over 200 goals for club and country, but became inactive for three years due to series of injuries.
Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2002 and won the 2002-03 La Liga title. He had spells at AC Milan and Corinthians before retiring in 2011, having suffered further injuries.
He played 98 matches for Brazil, scoring 62 goals, and is the second-highest goalscorer for his national team, behind Pele