Ronaldo has made yet another comeback to competitive football, coming off the bench in the second half of Corinthians' Brazilian Cup match against Itumbiara on Wednesday. Ronaldo entered the match in the 68th minute and was loudly cheered by most of the 30,000 fans who packed the Juscelino Kubitschek stadium in central Brazil.
"I'm focused on the game," he said on the sideline before coming in. "Let's see how it's going to be."
It was Ronaldo's first official match since undergoing surgery after a left knee injury sustained with AC Milan in February 2008. The 32-year-old Ronaldo, who has scored a record 15 goals in World Cups, had been expected to debut on Sunday against Corinthians' archrival Palmeiras in the Sao Paulo state championship, but the striker's recent performances in practice led coach Mano Menezes to anticipate the debut.
Corinthians was leading 2-0 when Ronaldo entered the match.