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Ronaldo starts Corinthians training

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Ronaldo was the main attraction at the Corinthians' first team training on Friday as the Brazilian superstar trained for the first time with the club.

The 32-year-old did not take to the field with the other players. Instead, he worked out for several hours inside the team's gym - out of sight from the nearly 500 fans who filled the stadium seats to watch him practice outside.

Ronaldo showed up at the gym without the team's uniform, but when he saw the army of photographers awaiting him, he retreated back into the dressing room to re-emerge minutes later, wearing the uniform.

Due to the large turnout of fans and the media to watch Ronaldo's first training, Corinthians had to adopt special protective measures to guarantee the security of Ronaldo and the team's facilities, as national and international journalists were present at São Jorge Park to witness the return of the Phenomenon.

During the 2008 season, photographers and media personnel were allowed to enter the facility with ease. However, due to the arrival of Ronaldo, a protective glass window was installed to prohibit the access those not related to the team.

After the practice was over, the Corinthians staff restricted the press access to the lobby where players entered and left the facility.

The three-time FIFA World Player of the Year suffered a third major knee injury of his career while playing for AC Milan against Livorno in February.

This month he signed a one-year deal with Corinthians with a one-year option and an opt-out clause for any time.

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