- Former Real Madrid boss Fabio Capello reckons that sending legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo de Lima away from the club helped to create a winning spirit
- Capello, who returned to Madrid in 2006 for his second spell, sold Ronaldo to Milan and insists it was the best decision he made during his 12-month stay with the Los Blancos
- The 76-year-old revered Italian tactician's decision to drive the 2002 World Cup winner out of the club proved a masterstroke as Real Madrid clinched its 30th La Liga crown in the 2006/07 season
Fabio Capello has shed light on why he believes selling Ronaldo de Lima to AC Milan was the best decision he made during his second spell at Real Madrid.
Capello managed Los Blancos over two spells - his first spell coming in 1996, while he returned to coach the team in 2006 for another 12 months.
Ronaldo, who was among a plethora of A-list stars dubbed Galacticos on Madrid's roster, struggled for form and fitness which left Capello with no choice but to transfer the Brazilian forward.
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Despite his decision being unpopular and controversial, Capello claimed his decision to sell the legendary Brazilian striker - who recently turned 46 - created a 'winning spirit' in the squad.
“Being a Real Madrid coach is a huge responsibility. In my second spell, the decision to send Ronaldo away and sign Cassano helped to create a winning spirit in the team," Capello told Dello Sport Festival as quoted by All football.
"We regained nine points behind Barcelona with 10 games to go, and I'm still proud of that today."
Real Madrid would claw from a nine-point deficit to win its 30th league title on the final day of the season by beating Mallorca 3–1 at home under the tutelage of Fabio Capello.
How Real Madrid stopped Ronaldo de Lima from excessive parties explained
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that legendary Brazilian forward Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima has revealed how he was assigned special security by Real Madrid as they attempted to curb his partying ways.
The three-time World Player of the Year was on the books of the Los Blancos for five years, scoring 104 goals in 177 games in all competitions.
However, the World Cup winner back in his Real Madrid heyday also became infamous for his partying habits.