Ronaldo Nazario: “Inter Milan are forever in my heart”

Brazil icon Ronaldo Nazario revealed the affection he still holds for Inter Milan and shared details on some things he would have done differently at the club now.

O Fenômeno (the phenomenon) is considered to be one of the greatest forwards of all time after firing Brazil to two World Cups and starring for the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and AC Milan.

Ronaldo became famous for being a quick and powerful technical player on the field who could both score goals and provide assists.

But the most impressive period of his stunning playing career came at Inter, where he scored 59 times in 99 appearances across all competitions in a five-year spell.

During the Brazilian’s time at the San Siro, he claimed two Ballon d’Or awards and helped Inter win the 1997/98 UEFA Cup.

While reflecting on his time in Italy, Ronaldo hailed former Inter owner Massimo Moratti as an inspiration to him.

“Inter are in my heart and they will be forever,” Ronaldo told Sky Sport Italia.

“Those were five beautiful years of my life, in a city that I learned to love, with people that always loved me.

“I have a love for Milan and for Inter that I believe it will remain forever.

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“I have to say that Massimo Moratti is a strong inspiration for me, an inspiration because he taught me so much.”

The 42-year-old admits there are quite a few things he would do differently now, while discussing the moment he asked Moratti to pick between himself and former manager Hector Cuper.

Ronaldo and Cuper had a bitter falling out at Inter after the Brazilian accused the coach of forcing him to play when he was unfit and left him out altogether when he was ready.

The ex-striker previously said that his poor relationship with Cuper was the reason behind his decision to leave Inter in 2002 for Real Madrid.

“I would do a few things differently from my time at Inter, I wouldn’t put President Moratti in a difficult position to decide my future,” admits Ronaldo.

“That moment in which I asked him to sack Cuper or I would leave. Moratti decided to keep Cuper.

“So I wouldn’t do that again, I would rather try to get my point across in another way in that situation.”

Ronaldo is now the majority owner of La Liga side Real Valladolid.


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