Fabio Capello: Ronaldo was a bad influence

Fabio Capello: Ronaldo was a bad influence


Former Real Madrid boss Fabio Capello has said ex-Los Blancos and Brazil striker Ronaldo was a great player but a bad influence on the squad.

The Italian managed the forward in 2006, his second spell as boss of the 10-time Champions League winners. It was Capello who sanctioned the sale of Ronaldo to AC Milan in the January transfer window and Madrid came from behind to overtake Barcelona to lift the La Liga title.

Speaking at the Globe Soccer Awards, Capello described Ronaldo as the best player he ever coached. But he also said he was a bad influence on others.

“Ronaldo, the phenomenon, was the greatest player I have ever coached. He showed up for pre-season in Madrid and was 96kg, so I asked him to get to 88 to 90 kg. There was nothing I could do. He was a great player, but a negative influence for the group,” he said.

Ronaldo spent four and a half seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu and scored 104 goals for Los Blancos. He helped the side to success in La Liga in 2003 as well as the Intercontinental Cup and Supercopa de España before being sold to AC Milan for a fee of around eight million euros.