As he begins his rehab from knee surgery, Ronaldo admitted: "This is not the time to talk about Milan or Flamengo. No club wants a player whose had two operations for serious injuries. I'm 31 years old and have many doubts.

"Now I have so many unanswered questions: what happens now? Why me? What have I done to deserve this? Will I return to play?

"I must be ready too. I know that it will not be easy, the recovery will be very hard, very difficult and if any problem during rehabilitation comes up then there's the risk, unfortunately, I'll never play again."