RIO DE JANEIRO, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Recently returned
soccer superstar Ronaldo announced on Friday his plan for the future.
Brazilian striker Ronaldo of Corinthians
controls the ball during their Paulista Championship soccer match against
Palmeiras in Presidente Prudente March 8, 2009. (Xinhua/Reuters,
He admitted that the 2009 season with Corinthians may
be his last year as a professional. However, he mentioned that his participation
in the 2010 World Cup would be an ideal place to say goodbye.
"A chance to play in the World Cup would prolong my
professional career. It would be great to be able to close my career during the
Cup, but I don't want to put any pressure on anyone to make any decisions," said
the leader in goals scored in the World Cup.
The player also took the opportunity to scrutinize
the president of the Brazilian Confederation of Soccer (CBF), Ricardo Teixeira.
Ronaldo criticized Teixeira, claiming that he has a "dual personality."
"I have no interest in being friends with anyone who
has a dual personality. It is very easy to be there in the time of victory,
holding up a trophy and being a champion with the players. But, when the players
lose, it is also easy for him to point the finger and crucify that person,"
Ronaldo's dissatisfaction with Teixeira dates back to
the 2006 World Cup. The president of the CBF personally blamed the players for
the poor quality of play that led to their exit in the quarterfinals of the
World Cup in Germany in 2006.
The athlete admitted that he is not fully ready to
play for the Brazilian national soccer team quite yet. He acknowledges that he
still has some weight to shed and quickness to gain.
In his 14 games with Corinthians, Ronaldo has scored
10 goals and has helped his team to win the
Sao Paulo state championship. They now have their
eyes on the Brazilian Cup. They travel to play Fluminense in the return leg of
the quarterfinals on May 17.