Ronaldo says welcome, Hierro not impressed

MADRID: Brazilian star Ronaldo gave an effusive welcome to David Beckham on Wednesday, predicting that the England captain would fit in well at Real Madrid. 

“Another excellent player for my team,” Ronaldo said on his website at 

“With people like him I'm sure we'll continue playing well and enjoying our football. I send a very warm welcome to David.” 

Beckham is the fourth world class player to join Real Madrid in the last three years, following the signings of Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo. 

The England midfielder will join the Spanish club after a medical in July in a deal worth up to 35 million euros ($41 million) to Manchester United.  

Real Madrid captain Fernando Hierro, meanwhile, said the team had no time to think about David Beckham with the league title still up for grabs. 

Real need to beat Athletic Bilbao this weekend to claim the championship. 

“We don't have much to say about the reinforcements brought in by the club,” was Hierro's curt response to a question about Beckham. 

“We understand he's a great player and we wish him the best but he's not going to help us win the league.  

“Next season we'll welcome him like any other player.” – Reuters 

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