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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 June 2006, 21:55 GMT 22:55 UK
BBC pundits on Ronaldo's decline
Ronaldo and Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira
A lacklustre Ronaldo was substituted after 69 minutes
The stage was set for Ronaldo to make history when Brazil took on Croatia in Berlin on Tuesday night.

The Real Madrid striker needed just one goal to surpass Pele as Brazil's leading World Cup goalscorer.

Instead, he cut a forlorn figure as he was substituted after 69 minutes following a lacklustre and lethargic performance.

And BBC pundits Leonardo, Alan Hansen and Martin Jol say it is now time for the legendary striker to be dropped.


By Leonardo
Brazil World Cup winner 1994 and BBC Sport pundit

Ronaldo has to be in better condition to play, because today he was very, very bad.

There was only one memorable moment from him, when he shot narrowly over the crossbar early in the second half.

That was the Ronaldo of the last few seasons. He doesn't get many chances to score, but when he has a chance, it's always dangerous.

The contrast was Kaka - he is the most concrete player in the Brazil team. He knows what he wants to do every time, every match. He does the difficult things very easily.

It's hard to accept that Brazil did not play well. They had some chances, but they never controlled the game.

I think Carlos Alberto Parreira expected more from the team.


By Alan Hansen
BBC Sport pundit

It will be interesting to see if Ronaldo does start the next match against Australia.

There's been discussion about whether Carlos Alberto Parreira is a strong coach.

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Pukel-man
If he was a strong coach, he would be taking Ronaldo off at half-time.

Anything less than brilliance is hard to accept from Brazil - we were looking for 90 minutes of absolutely fantastic football.

And, like England, they've got off to a good start against strong opposition.

But you still have to say that that performance, by Brazilian standards, was mediocre. I thought Croatia had enough half-chances to score.


By Martin Jol
Spurs manager and Five Live summariser

Brazil have to be brave now and drop Ronaldo. We know he can be a great finisher and maybe by dropping him, that will make him ambitious.

If you don't deliver, you shouldn't play.

I don't think any of the other teams will be less worried about facing Brazil after tonight, even though they didn't play that well.

Croatia are a strong team and, even so, Brazil had all the initiative and pulled all the strings.

The coach said he wanted to start at 70% and that's exactly what they did. They were very professional.

Croatia will feel proud of themselves, even though they've lost.

But they could have had a result if they had gone forward a bit more and I think when they wake up on Wednesday, they will regret this.



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