Wednesday May 20 2020
Capello: 'Parties & alcohol with Ronaldo'

Fabio Capello reveals Ronaldo ‘organised parties’ and brought alcohol into Real Madrid’s dressing rooms but regards him as ‘the greatest talent I’ve coached’

Ronaldo lasted just half the 2006-07 season with Capello at Madrid as he was then sold to Milan in January, and the legendary coach reflected on his time spent with the former Inter striker.

“The greatest talent I’ve coached was Ronaldo,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“But at the same time, he caused me the most problems inside the dressing room.

“He used to organise parties. [Ruud] van Nistelrooy once told me, ‘boss, you can smell alcohol in the dressing rooms here.’

“Then, when he went to Milan, we started winning. But in terms of talent, he was the greatest without a doubt.

“Today we have a good relationship. We chat courteously and with pleasure.”