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Around 2004 many began noting Ronaldo's weight. Eventually his weight issues became obvious and a matter of public opinion.
With the rise of Cristiano Ronaldo, he began to fall into second place behind the young Portuguese winger. He even began being dubbed the "fat" Ronaldo.
Despite these issues, he went with Brazil to the World Cup and scored 4 goals, becoming the all time record goal scorer in World Cup history, scoring his 15th goal. But Brazilan fans began jeering him for being overweight and slow. Even the Brazilian President Lula questioned his weight and ability.
His drop in form was obvious, and he lost his place at Real Madrid to Ruud Van Nistlerooy. Ronaldo's knee injuries reoccured and couldn't hold his place at the club. Ronaldo left in January 2007 as he jumped to another big European club, AC Milan.
Much hype surrounded his return to the city of Milan and AC's new attacking line up of the Brazilians Kaka, Pato and Ronaldo, dubbed KaPaRo. And after 7 goals in 16 games he seemed to have been given a fresh start. But due to weight and fitness issues he only played 300 minutes the next season and ruptored his knee again, forcing him out for the rest of the season.
Despite Ronaldo being a Milan player when they won the Uefa Champions League Final against Liverpool, Ronaldo was cup tied so could not play (as he had played in the tournament earlier on for Real Madrid that season). So he has never won the European Champions League.
Ronaldo was released from his contract by AC Milan and returned to Brazil.