After more than a one-year injury layoff, Ronaldo finally returned to action
with his new club Corinthians.
Ronaldo may have only played 29 minutes, but he looked very lively, and even
came close to getting on the score-sheet.
He replaced Jorge Henrique in the 21st minute of the second half and one minute
later he had his first touch of the ball.
The excited crowd at the Juscelino Kubitschek stadium in Itumbiara roared each
time Ronaldo came close to the ball, and the former FIFA World Footballer of the
Year tried to impress them with some of his trademark trickery.
He showed no signs of an injury, although it was evident that he was lacking the
necessary fitness to play a competitive football match.
But Ronaldo, 32, constantly asked for the ball, and instead of passing the ball
as soon as he got it, he preferred to take on his opponents, and with good
Towards the end of the match Ronaldo looked to mark his debut with a goal.
He fired a long-range effort wide of the right post, and minutes later he forced
his way into the area, but was penalized for pushing.
The former Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter and AC Milan striker was without doubt
the main focus of attention in a match that Corinthians won 2-0. The match
corresponded to the first round of the Copa do Brasil.
At the final whistle several excited reporters mobbed Ronaldo, and he was hurt
in the process. He quickly made his way into the tunnel while touching his sore
Ronaldo is likely to start for the first time in the top-of-the-table Paulista
derby with Palmeiras on the weekend.