A war of words has broken out between Inter Milan coach Roberto
Mancini and AC Milan's Brazil striker Ronaldo, over Mancini's handling of Inter
Adriano has returned to Brazil for "psychological treatment" until the New Year
amid rumours he has drink and weight problems.
The striker has featured just four times in the league this season, scoring just
once, and was almost transferred away from the San Siro in the summer.
Ronaldo spoke up for his international team-mate last week, claiming that
Mancini was one of Adriano's problems, a statement that provoked an angry repost
"He (Ronaldo) talks about things he knows nothing about. True friends don't
always agree with you," Mancini told the Gazetta dello Sport.
Ronaldo tried to back-track from his earlier comments after Milan's 2-1 win at
Cagliari, where the former three-time world player of the year made his first
appearance of the season, hitting the post with one shot and winning a highly
"I don't remember having named Mancini specifically," he said. "I don't know why
he (Mancini) is angry with me. Adriano is and always will be my friend."
However Ronaldo could not help but add another dig at Mancini.
"He (Adriano) needs help and I don't think Mancini is helping."