- Ronaldo became a superstar at Inter between 1997 and 2002.
- After his five-year stay at Real Madrid, the Brazilian joined Inter's city rivals.
- The 43-year-old doesn't regret his decision as he 'did everything to come back to Inter' but the Nerazzurri rejected him.
“It didn’t go well, but Silvio Berlusconi and above all Adriano Galliani cared for me so much. The rapport with them is a memory that still makes me smile to this day. The respect remains,” Brazil icon Ronaldo Nazario said in an interview with Sportweek.
“It might seem easy to say that now, but it’s the truth: at that time, I really wanted to come back to Inter. I did everything to come back to Inter. I waited as long as it was possible, but when Inter didn’t give me a yes or no answer, it meant no.
“I didn’t feel that I was a traitor in joining Milan, but rather that I had been betrayed by Inter. It wasn’t a popular choice, but I’ve never been afraid of those.”
The Brazilian scored 59 goals in 98 appearances for Inter Milan between 1997 and 2002. The ex-striker won his first Ballon d'Or during his first season with the Nerazzurri.
After his time at the Giuseppe Meazza, Ronaldo had a five-year spell at Real Madrid. As his La Liga career was all but ruined by constant injuries, the former Brazil international left the Whites for AC Milan in January 2007.
As Ronaldo pointed out, his spell with the Rossoneri didn't go well, again due to problems with his knees. He featured for Milan 20 times in 18 months before leaving the club in the summer of 2008.