Romario backs Ronaldo

RIO DE JANEIRO: Romario gave credit to his former teammate Ronaldo by asking critics to stay away from the Real striker.

The veteran striker said on Friday that Ronaldo was being unfairly criticised, and was confident that the Real Madrid player would stage a comeback in the World Cup in Germany.

Romario told the Rio de Janeiro daily O Dia that Ronaldo hadn't been going through a good moment in 2002 either but ended being the best player in the World Cup.

Ronaldo's recent form has drawn sharp criticism by Real Madrid fans, and even fellow Brazilian Pele and former French star Michel Platini have publicly criticised him.

The 40-year-old Romario plays for four-time Brazilian champion Vasco. He is 36 goals shy of his 1,000th career goal. AP