Ronaldo 'traumatized' with his weight controversy

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Having often come under scrutiny this season due to his weight, Corinthians striker Ronaldo claimed on Thursday that he is terrified of weight scales.

The 33-year-old acknowledged that the controversy over his weight has traumatized him so much that he tried to avoid getting on a scale.

"I don't know my weight. By knowing, I get a little traumatized. I purposely try to avoid getting on a scale," Ronaldo told the Brazilian press.

"Physically, I am just fine. I haven't weighed myself lately, but if I had, I would not tell anyone. It is not important. My critics want to run wild with the story related to my weight.

"I am a little overweight, but this did not stop me from playing well last year."

Ronaldo’s weight first attracted attention at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, when arrived at the team’s camp admittedly overweight after a series of injuries with former club Real Madrid.

Even the Brazilian president, Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva, got involved in Ronaldo’s weight controversy at the time. In a video conference with players just days before the team’s debut, Silva asked then Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira whether the striker was fat.

Ronaldo later compared the speculation about his weight to the rumors about the president’s affection for alcohol, and Silva ended having to send a fax to Ronaldo saying his previous comments about his weight were meant to end speculation, not add fuel to it.

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