Ronaldo struck twice on his full
debut for AC Milan and then promised fans of even bigger performances from him
after their 4-3 victory over Siena.
The newly-signed Brazilian striker had promised goals prior to this match and
opened the scoring in the 15th minute.
Simone Vergassola equalised before Ricardo Oliveira put the visitors back in
front, and it then became a battle between Ronaldo and another player who has
recently returned to Serie A, Massimo Maccarone.
The former Middlesbrough man grabbed the second equaliser before Cristian
Brocchi received his marching orders.
Then, after Ronaldo had put the Rossoneri ahead for a third time, Maccarone
looked to have grabbed a share of the points with a late second of his own, but
Milan substitute Massimo Ambrosini grabbed the winner with the last kick of the
"I am truly happy with this victory, but there's a lot of work yet to be done.
If someone feels cramp, then it means he's not 100 per cent fit," said Ronaldo.
"We cannot keep conceding so many goals, but apart from that aspect, we're all
content with the result. We gave everything we had and I was able to carry on
for the 90 minutes despite getting knocked about quite a bit.
"It's a shame, as I wasted a good chance in the first half, the kind of finish I
usually don't miss."
Ronaldo combined brilliantly with fellow Brazilians Kaka and Ricardo Oliveira
for a spectacular Milan performance, taking them within two points of the
Champions League place currently held by Empoli, who also won today against Roma.
"This team can certainly go far - very far. Not even we know where, as every
game has everything to prove. I dedicate this brace to my son. For the rest, I
will let my actions speak for me, as those will silence the critics."
Milan will be forced to do without him for the Champions' League trip to Celtic
Park, as he is Cup-tied from his games with Real Madrid.
"It is a weight on me to be out of that competition, as I cared about it a great
deal. I'll just have to hold on until next season. In any case, I shall remain
by my teammates' side throughout and cheer them on."