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Ronaldo wants to play for Paris St Germain

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 19 Sep 2008

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Former AC Milan and Real Madrid star Ronaldo, one of Brazil's most decorated footballers, wants to play for French side Paris St Germain, according to press reports Friday.

In an interview with French sports daily L'Equipe, the three-time World Footballer of the Year (1996, 1997 and 2002) stressed his willingness to play in the capital.

“I love Paris. I have a flat and often go there,” said the 31-year-old, who is without a professional club but is currently training with Brazilian team Flamengo.

“PSG are in the process of building something good. They have recruited good players and constructed a team capable of winning the title.”

The most prolific goalscorer in the history of the World Cup (15 goals, and twice winner) Ronaldo is recovering in Rio De Janeiro following knee surgery in February.

Despite Manchester City earlier denying reports linking him with a move to Eastlands, Ronaldo again mused about hooking up with countryman Robinho in the English Premier league.

“Yes, it's a big possibility. We are in the middle of talks. We'll see.”

That went counter to a statement from City on Tuesday that said they had been interested in signing Ronaldo but after speaking to his agent they decided not to pursue his signature.

In the interview Ronaldo said he was confident of a successful comeback, but admitted he was going through a difficult recuperation period.

“This is a challenge I cannot totally control. This time I cannot have power over everything. It's not like before when I was on the pitch and knew I could score a goal at any moment.

“Now it's different. I control nothing.”

Speaking about criticism leveled at his weight problem, Ronaldo said: “It's normal that people say I'm overweight. There's no surprises there.

“I've stayed here (Rio) for five months without my trainer so there's nothing illogical in having gained a few pounds.”

Paris St Germain – long served by Brazilian players such as Ronaldinho, Rai and Ricardo Gomes – beat Turkish team Kayserispor 2-1 in the UEFA Cup first round, first leg on Thursday.

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