- Ricardo Kaka has come out with a scathing take on how Brazilians view Ronaldo de Lima
- According to the 2002 World Cup winner, R9 is more respected by those outside of Brazil
- The now retired Ronaldo won two World Cup titles and is hailed as one of the best finishers
Former AC Milan and Real Madrid superstar Kaka recently claimed Ronaldo is seen as a 'fat man walking down the street' by his fellow Brazilians.
Ronaldo Nazario de Lima is considered one of the best forwards in the history of the game and he has the unique stat of having won two World Cups, in 1994 and 2002.
But apparently, R9's legendary status does not mean much to the people of his country, according to his former teammate Kaka.
"It's strange to say this, but many Brazilians don't support Brazil," he said on BeIN Sports as cited by SportBible.
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"It happens sometimes. If you see Ronaldo walking around here, you'll be like: 'Wow', he has something different here. In Brazil, he's just a fat man walking down the street."
Gary Neville and John Terry, who were both on punditry duty on BeIn Sports, were left baffled by Kaka’s claims.
Ronaldo scored an impressive 62 goals for Brazil and won 98 caps, according to Transfermarkt.
His playing career could have gone much differently, had he not suffered a horrific knee injury that forced him to hang up his boots earlier than fans would have wanted.
Ronaldo, now 46, is currently in Brazil to follow the proceedings of his nation, who are in the World Cup quarter final.
Brazil face Croatia on Friday, December 9, in a game where they are heavy favourites to win.
Neymar embarrasses teammate
Sports Brief also earlier reported on how Neymar embarrassed his Brazilian teammate Vinicius Junior during a training session.
Ahead of the Croatia tie, Neymar and Vinicius Junior were spotted having a lighthearted moment at a training session at the Arabi SC Stadium in Doha.
In the video, the team appears to be playing 'rondo'. Vinicius then attempts to take the ball away from Neymar, but the Paris Saint-Germain star pulls out one of his many tricks and rolls the ball away from him.