Brazil’s 2002 World Cup hero has been given the backing of his
former boss, Luis Felipe Scolari, in his battle to regain complete fitness and
return to the national team.
The words of support, from the man Ronaldo has always regarded as one of the
world’s best coaches, will come as a welcome boost as he continues his
recuperation from surgery.
Felipao (Big Phil), as Scolari is affectionately known, says he bet on Ronaldo
to return after he suffered a career-threatening knee injury before the 2002
World Cup Finals in Korea and Japan.
Sure enough, the forward came through for his coach and scored eight goals,
including the double that secured victory over Germany in the final.
Now, the man who is currently in charge of Portugal has told his former charge
that he is betting on him to do the same again.
“I’m confident he will return, just as I was confident he would return in 2002,”
Scolari told Fobazo.
“He knows it won’t be easy, just as he knew it wouldn’t be easy in 2002. But he
also knows that everyone will help him, particularly his friends. In 2002, he
was our hope and today we are hopeful we will see him scoring goals again.”