Former AC Milan and Real Madrid star Ronaldo, one of Brazil's most decorated
footballers, was Tuesday back in full training seven months on from a knee
injury which led him to leave Italy.
Ronaldo is currently without a club but has in recent days been working on his
fitness with Brazilian side Flamengo - though last week the 32-year-old
three-time World Footballer of the Year - he celebrated his birthday on Monday -
said he would would fancy a stint with French side Paris St Germain.
Tuesday saw the "Phenomenon" participate in training with the Flamengo youth
team having Friday indulged in some light training sessions.
"All this time I've been doing physiotherapy and gettting back to training with
the ball is very important, another stimulus. It's marvellous," Ronaldo told
"We know we couldn't touch him as Ronaldo is just coming back and nobody wants
to prejudice the return of an idol," youth team midfielder Leo said.
Ronaldo, who has suffered a chapter of knee problems in his career but returned
to lift the World Cup in 2002, seriously injured his left knee playing for Milan
against Livorno last season.
Media reports have linked him with English Premiership moneybags Manchester City,
where compatriot Robinho is playing, but the club have denied any approach.
In May, Ronaldo, the all-time top World Cup scorer, said he was "incredibly
ashamed" over a much-publicised encounter with a trio of transvestites who
allegedly tried to bribe him out of 30,000 dollars for keeping mum about the