Original Ronaldo is no longer the supreme athlete he was at his peak as Real Madrid's legends beat Roma 4-0

Probably fair to say the original Ronaldo is no longer the supreme athlete he was at his peak

Say 'Ronaldo' to any football fan on Earth today, and they immediately think 'Cristiano'.

That didn't used to be the case. 15-20 years ago, the name 'Ronaldo' belonged to the world's greatest, most exciting and most devastating centre-forward: Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima.

A World Cup, two Ballon d'Ors, pace, power, skill and a deadly finisher… the 'original' Ronaldo (as he is often unfairly referred to) remains a hero at some of Europe's biggest clubs. However, the Brazilian No9 holds a special place in the heart of Real Madrid, the club for whom he played the most games (127) and scored the most goals (83) in his career.

That is why Ronaldo was invited to be part of the Real Madrid Legends side who took on Roma at the Bernabeu on Sunday, in front of a 67,000 crowd.

Probably fair to say the original Ronaldo is no longer the supreme athlete he was at his peak

Real's Legends - whose line-up included Galacticos like Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos and Raul - won the match 4-0, largely thanks to a brace from Fernando Morientes and a brilliant, trademark free-kick from Luis Figo.

However, while Morientes and Figo haven't changed much, the same cannot be said of 'original' Ronaldo.

Given that he's long since retired, it's hardly surprising Ronnie has put on a bit of timber… but the change in him is quite dramatic.

Hopefully Michael Owen doesn't see these pictures - otherwise he might make another cruel joke about his former Real Madrid team mate's weight…

 

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