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Football: Ronaldo lauds fantastic Brazil, protesters

Published on Jul 2, 2013 6:16 AM
 
Brazilian footballer Ronaldo speaks during a press conference on July 1, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2013 after the end of the Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 football tournament final. Former world champion Ronaldo on Monday lauded Brazil's "fantastic" Confederations Cup triumph over Spain - but also praised protesters who have taken to the streets in recent weeks, saying they are forcing social change. -- PHOTO: AFP

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Former world champion Ronaldo on Monday lauded Brazil's "fantastic" Confederations Cup triumph over Spain - but also praised protesters who have taken to the streets in recent weeks, saying they are forcing social change.

"Congratulations for a fantastic victory and an unbelievable achievement," said Ronaldo, whose goals saw off Germany in Brazil's 2002 World Cup win.

"The contact between the team and the Brazilian fans was breathtaking and very touching - to an even greater degree than when I played," said the former Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan star and three-time former world player of the year.

"It was really very emotional to see Brazilians there cheering in spite of the difficult times we have experienced with the demonstrations," said the former striker in allusion to the overwhelming outpouring of support at the Maracana stadium.

 
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