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Ronaldo losing weight for wedlock?

Brazilian star striker Ronaldo has ruled out the existence of marriage plans in his cards and maintained that he has lost weight to remain fit.

india Updated: Dec 08, 2006 19:36 IST

Brazilian star striker Ronaldo has denied plans that he is getting married over Christmas, and insists he has lost weight and is fit to play whenever Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello needs him.

"The coach asked me to lose weight, and I did everything as planned. I weigh 88 kilograms and I am ready to play. There is no ideal weight. My ideal weight is the one that makes me feel good," Ronaldo said in an interview with the Brazilian magazine Veja.

Ronaldo admitted that Capello also thought he was too fat.

He further denied rumours that he planned to marry his girlfriend, model Raica Oliveira during Christmas.

"I have nothing planned for that date, just to spend Christmas with my family (in Rio de Janeiro)," he added.

Commenting on details of the alleged wedding plans published recently in the Italian press, the "Phenomenon" - as he is known in Brazil - said: "Many newspapers talk nonsense, with no commitment to the truth. I never talk about my private life."

The striker, who two weeks ago scored for Real Madrid after a drought of more than eight months, said his priority was to get through the current bad patch in his career and to gain Capello's trust.

"I am motivated to overcome this moment of difficulty that I had never known before. Capello has his preferences. It's a war, and I have to win it, I have to gain his trust," Ronaldo said.

He added that he hoped to be able to play the South Africa 2010 World Cup for Brazil, and then retire.

"I will not play much longer, I don't think I will go beyond 2010. The World Cup is still very far, but I do not rule anything out," said Ronaldo, who became the top scorer in World Cup history when he scored his 15th goal at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

After retirement, Ronaldo said he planned to study sports marketing.

"I want to study, to stay within the football world but without becoming a coach. Maybe I will become an executive," Ronaldo said.