Real Madrid striker Ronaldo
criticized fellow Brazilian Pele on Wednesday for saying "stupid things,"
rebuking Pele for his comments last week in which he said the three-time FIFA
player of the year gets "distracted."
"We don't need to pay any attention to him," Ronaldo told radio station Cadena
SER after Madrid's elimination by Arsenal in the Champions League's second round.
The comments by Ronaldo come following a series of criticisms by soccer
luminaries and jeers from Real Madrid fans, which have led the 29-year-old
striker to say recently he may leave the 29-time Spanish champion at the end of
Pele had said that off-the-field problems were affecting Ronaldo's career and
his personal life had been "very mixed up."
"Ronaldo has shown he is a good player, and has won a lot of titles but he tends
to get distracted," Pele said during a World Cup promotional trip in Shanghai,
China. "He could have been a better player if he hadn't been affected by
On Wednesday, Ronaldo responded by saying that when he retired, he didn't want
to be "a bitter type of person, making comments, saying stupid things."
Ronaldo said Wednesday this season "had been one of the most difficult years" of
his life, yet gave no hint about whether he would continue with Madrid next
Madrid is close to ending its third season without a title, which hasn't
happened for 50 years.