Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Rivals put on alert as Ronaldinho strives to retain superstar status

Some even coined a term, “Brazilian superstar disease”, which was allegedly afflicting Ronaldinho as well as his national teammates Adriano, of Inter Milan, who admitted to having a drink problem, and Ronaldo, whose allegedly ballooning waistline provided acres of newsprint in Madrid and Milan. The low point came a few days before Barcelona’s trip to Ibrox, when Ronaldinho was dropped for a league match after returning late from an international qualifier in Rio de Janeiro. According to local reports he missed his flight after staying out until 11am, a feat the 27-year-old achieved by bribing nightclub staff to stay open for him and his friends.
Gabriele Marcotti reports.

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