September 1, 2002
MADRID, Spain -- Ronaldo, the Brazilian forward who led his nation to the World Cup title, was acquired Saturday by Spain's Real Madrid from Italy's Internazionale of Milan.
Several reports said the Italian team will receive a $34.6-million transfer fee and a player to be named, who will not switch teams until January.
The FIFA player of the year in 1996 and 1997, Ronaldo was acquired by Internazionale from Spain's Barcelona in August 1997 for a transfer fee of about $28-million.
Ronaldo, 25, tore a right knee ligament Nov. 21, 1999, and had surgery nine days later. He returned on April 12, 2000, but collapsed just seven minutes after entering a game and had a second operation the next day. He didn't play another competitive game until last Sept. 20.
He made eight goals in the World Cup and has 12 career Cup goals, matching Pele for the most among Brazilian players.