Ronaldo told Mancini he was giving him his autograph after a game according to Ze Elias

According to the former Inter Milan footballer, Ronaldo Luiz Nazario da Lima was fed up with the comments from Lazio ahead of the UEFA Cup Final.

Ronaldo Luiz Nazario da Lima played for Internazionale Milan from 1997 to 2002

And in the UEFA Cup Final, Inter was set to play against domestic rivals Lazio, who were favorites to win.

“I roomed with Ronaldo, and before the final, they chose two players from each side to speak to the press,” former teammate Ze Elias said to Planet Football.

“From Lazio, it was Nesta and Mancini, and they said that if one of the two sides really deserved the trophy, it was Lazio, because they had got to the final without losing, without having to overcome any bad results.”

“Ronaldo was sat there next to them and said, ‘Tomorrow, I’m going to make these two into figuras di merda’,” using an Italian phrase that roughly translates as ‘look a fool’,” he added.

“I went to him and asked, ‘Ronaldo, what are you doing?’ He looked at me and said, ‘They talk too much.’”

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Ze Elias commented: “The next day we won the game 3-0. Ronaldo had a field day. He scored a goal, nutmegged someone.”

“Mancini came up to him during the game and Ronaldo said, ‘Not now, keep quiet. If you want, I’ll give you my autograph after the game.’”

The other two goals were scored by Zanetti and Zamorano, cementing the importance of Inter’s South American connection.


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