Ronaldo out to prove he's 'not finished'
MILAN, Italy -- Ronaldo is determined to prove he can still score goals.
"I'm not finished," the 30-year-old Brazilian striker said Friday at his first news conference since joining AC Milan from Real Madrid. "I've had little opportunity to play in the last six months, but here at Milan I'll have the chance to show the whole world that the Ronaldo story goes on."
The three-time FIFA world player of the year signed an 18-month deal with Milan on Tuesday, hoping to reignite his season - and career -- after limited play under Madrid coach Fabio Capello.
"My time with Capello was short, ugly and sad," Ronaldo said. "He didn't have faith in me and he never told me why."
He was relegated to a part-time role after Capello arrived in Madrid in the summer. Ronaldo didn't play until October because of a knee injury, which later recurred to keep him out another month. He scored only one league goal in seven appearances, mostly as a substitute, compared with 82 goals in 120 league games in his first four seasons at Madrid.
"I've come to Milan because it represents a sporting challenge, the most important of my life," Ronaldo said.
Ronaldo was flanked by Milan vice president Adriano Galliani, who brokered the $9.7 million transfer.
"Ronaldo's resume is stratospheric," Galliani said. "He is a phenomenon."
Ronaldo has won almost ever major trophy in world soccer at least once. He's lifted the World Cup twice -- in 1994 and 2002 -- and is the tournament's all-time leading scorer with 15 goals.
"Capello told me over lunch last Wednesday that Ronaldo is the most talented player he has ever coached," Galliani said.
The transfer brought Ronaldo back to the city where he spent five years with crosstown rival Inter Milan between 1997 and 2002.
"My time at Inter was very beautiful but it ended badly," said Ronaldo, who left for Madrid after falling out with then coach Hector Cuper.
At the time, Ronaldo's decision upset Inter fans because the club had helped the forward recover from a knee injury that restricted him to a handful of appearances from 1998.
"Everyone has their own path to take," Ronaldo said. "I'm in love with soccer and with playing soccer. All I expect is respect."
Milan is ninth in Italy's Serie A after starting the season with an eight-point penalty from a match-fixing scandal.
"My objective is to get Milan in the top four [in Serie A]," Ronaldo said.
Inter leads the league with 57 points, 30 more than Milan.
"I'll do everything that [Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti] tells me to do to reach my objective," Ronaldo said. "The challenge is the most important thing, it always has been. ... I'll do my talking on the pitch."