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Brazilian President apologises to Ronaldo

Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva apologised for 'touching on the irritable subject', and wished the team well.

india Updated: Jun 11, 2006 04:56 IST

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva has apologised to Ronaldo after he reportedly commented that the soccer star was overweight.

The President apologised for 'touching on the irritable subject', and wished the team well.

It was "very nice" of the President to write, Ronaldo said.

The President had asked coach Carlos Alberto Parreira during a video, "Well, is he too fat, or isn't he?"

That prompted the 29-year-old Ronaldo to hit out at what he called exaggerated stories of his weight, plus his nightlife and his blisters, and to be shown more respect by the Brazilian press.

Looking visibly upset, he indignantly argued that being within three goals of beating Gerd Muller's record of 14 World Cup goals meant that he deserved to be asked about other things.

Questions about his weight were "of interest to nobody". Tales of late nights out were "stories from the last World Cup". "We had free time back in 2002 and what do you think we did then," the 2002 Golden Boot winner asked.

Teammates Kaka and Robinho backed the striker.

"I don't know how long we're all going to keep going on about this subject," Kaka said. "And I don't know how we're supposed to prove that it isn't the case."

Robinho, a Real Madrid strike partner, said that as far as he was concerned, Ronaldo remained "the best striker in the world."