New Corinthians signing Ronaldo has stated that media talk about his ample frame is misguided, and affirmed that he will be in a match-fit state by the conclusion of the club's pre-season preparations.
Ronaldo has born the brunt of many press jibes about his figure since being presented as a Corinthians player on the 12th December, with reports suggesting that he weighed in at 95kg.
Noted physiotherapist Bruno Mazziotti believes that a weight between 89-90kg would be ideal for the striker, and Ronaldo is confident of reaching that by the time he takes to the field in the Corinthians shirt.
"The press exaggerate.. yes, I am heavier than would be ideal, but this is natural considering the amount of time I have gone without playing," he told Timão TV.
"Players can take off, with certainty, five, six kilos during the daily routine of pre-season training."
A number of Corinthians supporters turned up at the training ground on Friday to witness Ronaldo take to the training field for the first time, and the positive reception he has received from the fans will act as an extra motivator for the 32-year old.
"It is incredible. A lot of people are interested in me and that is excellent. Now I must breathe football, breathe training and breath concentration.
"Everything else must be put aside for now, so that I can dedicate myself to my physical training and get in shape for the new season," he concluded.