Ronaldo finally made his highly anticipated Corinthians debut in a 2-0 win over Itumbiara. The Phenomenon looked very lively, and even came close to getting on the score-sheet.
Ronaldo may have only played 29 minutes, but he looked very lively, and even came close to getting on the score-sheet.
He replaced Jorge Henrique in the 21st minute of the second half and one minute later he had his first touch of the ball.
The excited crowd at the Juscelino Kubitschek stadium in Itumbiara roared each time Ronaldo came close to the ball, and the former FIFA World Footballer of the Year tried to impress them with some of his trademark trickery.
He showed no signs of an injury, although it was evident that he was lacking the necessary fitness to play a competitive football match.
But Ronaldo, 32, constantly asked for the ball, and instead of passing the ball as soon as he got it, he preferred to take on his opponents, and with good results.
Towards the end of the match Ronaldo looked to mark his debut with a goal.
He fired a long-range effort wide of the right post, and minutes later he forced his way into the area, but was penalized for pushing.
The former Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter and AC Milan striker was without doubt the main focus of attention in a match that Corinthians won 2-0. The match corresponded to the first round of the Copa do Brasil.
At the final whistle several excited reporters mobbed Ronaldo, and he was hurt in the process. He quickly made his way into the tunnel while touching his sore head.
Ronaldo is likely to start for the first time in the top-of-the-table Paulista derby with Palmeiras on the weekend.
Gregory Sica, Goal.com