Farewell, Fat Ronaldo. It was a heck of a run.
But is this really goodbye forever?
Three months after tipping the scales at a whopping 260 pounds, Brazilian Ronaldo—not winky-winky, stepover Ronaldo—is now 37 pounds closer to his old self. His old self, as we all recall, won three FIFA World Player of the Year awards and dated a string of improbably gorgeous models.
On Sunday, Ronaldo unveiled the new (old?) look. The Associated Press reports (via Washington Post):
The now-retired Brazilian soccer great shed more than 37 pounds in a televised weight-loss program. He weighed 223 on Sunday, down from 260 when he began the three-month fitness program in September. The “Fantastico” variety show chronicled the former striker’s intense exercise routines, which included weightlifting, swimming, dance and yoga classes and forays onto the soccer field.
It wasn't just any dance, either. As 101 Great Goals revealed previously, Ronaldo had been spotted performing "Gangnam Style" before its 15 minutes of fame expired. Almost improbably, the program seems to have worked.
Video from the weight-loss TV show can be seen above.
AFP, meanwhile, reports that Ronaldo went from a waistline of 107 centimeters (42 inches) to 93 centimeters (37 inches). The thinner figure should come in handy when Ronaldo plays in a Dec. 19 charity match with Zinedine Zidane, as he said he plans to do.
Ronaldo retired in early 2011 and now serves on the organizing committee for the 2014 World Cup, which will be held in his native Brazil.