Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldo kicks against the return of Brazilian football league

Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldo kicks against the return of Brazilian football league

The popular and former Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldo has kicked against the return of Brazilian football league after a three-month break due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The popular and former Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldo has kicked against the return of Brazilian football league after a three-month break due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The local league in Rio de Janeiro state, known as the Carioca championship, becomes the first state league in Brazil to restart on Thursday when reigning champions Flamengo take on Bangu at the Maracana stadium.

However, clubs like Fluminense and Botafogo have attacked the decision to return and Ronaldo, who is now the owner of Spanish club Real Valladolid, agreed: "I am against the return of Carioca football and Brazilian football given the situation the country is in," he said.

"Brazil is following the examples of other countries in Europe but it isn't taking the pandemic into consideration. I think Brazil is still at a peak and thinking about having football back is an error."

Brazil has had over 46,000 deaths from the pandemic, more than any other nation bar the United States.