Real Madrid Brazilian’s ex-coach spoke about his career
Vicente del Bosque was the man who welcomed Ronaldo Nazario to Real Madrid in the summer of 2002 after he signed from Inter.
Ronaldo was a jovial character and fitted in quickly at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu alongside other stars like Raul, Fernando Hierro, Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo.
Del Bosque has fond memories of the former striker, both for his ways on and off the pitch.
“He was a player who was well-liked by everyone at the club and everyone outside the club as well,” he said.
“He was a really nice person. He was someone who didn’t like to see people sad. He was great with us.
“He was one of those players who just made the team better. He was a great leader, because of his talent and also because he was a good person”.
He helped Real Madrid win LaLiga Santander that season with a spectacular performance against Atletico Madrid in the second from last match. Del Bosque and Fernando Hierro left the club after that great season, however.
He had arrived at Madrid as a world champion with Brazil after beating Germany in the World Cup final in Japan, scoring twice and after recovering from two serious knee injuries at Inter. He was out for nearly two years, and it makes you wonder just how good he would have been without those setbacks. Del Bosque believes we’d have seen an even better Ronaldo.
“I’m sure that if he didn’t have those injuries, he would have been even better,” stated Del Bosque.
“They possibly affected his performances because they were such serious injuries. Despite this, he was still a beast. A phenomenal player”.
Almost two decades on, Ronaldo has swapped the pitch for the office and is now president of Real Valladolid, something that Del Bosque didn’t expect.
“The truth is that I never saw him taking this role, but he’s definitely capable because he’s so experienced,” said his ex-coach.
“So, I’m not surprised that he’s taken on such a complicated role like running a football club.
“He’s going to do well I’m sure.”