Capello sets record straight on 'fat' Ronaldo


After former Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello made inflammatory statements about club legend Ronaldo Nazario's relationship with alcohol, the Italian coach has now been made to clarify his comments.

Earlier this week, Capello claimed that Ronaldo enjoyed a party lifestyle during his spell at the Santiago Bernabeu, and that former Los Blancos striker Ruud van Nistelrooy once even remarked that the Brazil legend smelled of liquor in the dressing room.

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Following the Italian's revelation, Van Nistelrooy took to social media to refute the claims made by his former boss and stressed that the environment had always been one of professionalism during his time with the club.

"I want to flatly deny such claims. That wardrobe from day one showed maximum professionalism," the former Netherlands international said. 

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Capello has now sought to clarify his comments and explained that Van Nistelrooy's alleged remark had been said in jest after he had left Real rather than as a complaint against the Brazil legend during their shared time with Los Blancos.

"No, no. It was a joke," the 73-year-old explained, per Cadena Ser.

"He [Van Nistelrooy] told me a long time ago that there was a smell of alcohol in Real Madrid's dressing room, but [it was] later, when he left Real Madrid.

"I'm sure, I'm not telling lies. I understand that he said it as a joke, he [Ronaldo] never smelled of alcohol."

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Capello then added special praise for the two-time Ballon d'Or winner, albeit in the form of a veiled compliment.

"Ronaldo had impressive quality, I have not seen another like him," the former England and Russia boss continued.

"It is true that he was very fat, he did not want to train or lose weight. But he is the highest quality player I have trained in my life."