Calderon: We can win if Ronaldo is fit


MADRID: If Ronaldo gets in shape and commits himself to the cause Real Madrid will be able to end their four-year trophy drought, according to club president Ramon Calderon. 

“He is an exceptional player and if he dedicates himself to the project we will win a trophy because he can provide us with 15 to 20 goals,” Calderon told Spanish sports daily Marca on Tuesday. 

“He is the sort of player that can win a team the Champions League because he can decide games on his own.” 

The Brazilian striker has hardly featured for Real this season having struggled to regain fitness after knee surgery following the World Cup. 

He has been in the starting line-up in only three of the team’s 16 league games and has found the net just once. 

Calderon said he had spoken to the 30-year-old on the way back from last month’s FIFA awards gala in Zurich and was confident the Brazilian could recapture his best form. 

“He told me he was very enthusiastic and wanted to get involved, but he has to really commit himself.” 

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s Italian defender and World Player of the Year Fabio Cannavaro said on Tuesday it would be hard to match last year’s exploits in the coming 12 months but vowed to try to match an unforgettable 2006 which saw him lift the World Cup and then land a move to Spain.  

“It’ll be difficult (for 2007) to be as good as 2006, but this year’s objective is to maintain my form,” former Juventus star Cannavaro said as Real resumed full training after a short mid-season break. 

The Italian went into the festive period smarting from two mistakes which helped modest Recreativo Huelva snatch a 3-0 win at the Bernabeu last month.  

He added that “now it’s tough as when you have a bad game the knives are out.”  

At the weekend, Real must travel to Deportivo La Coruna, who have slid into the bottom six, looking to catch leaders Seville and reigning champions Barcelona, whom the trail by five and two points – though Barca have a game in hand. – Agencies 

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