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Brazil's Ronaldo

Posted: Thursday May 23, 2002 1:57 PM

By Pedro Pinto,

Brazil's prodigal son has returned -- two-time world footballer of the year Ronaldo has defied all odds by regaining full fitness just in time for the World Cup finals.

Two knee operations and lengthy rehabilitation programs have not stopped this man's drive for success.

"We are going to work very hard with the intention of winning the World Cup for the fifth time," Ronaldo said. "I also want to be the best striker and win all the possible prizes."

And who can blame him?

After all, his last World Cup game was surrounded by controversy and ended in disaster -- a 3-0 defeat to France in the 1998 final left a sour taste in his mouth.

But now he has all the reasons to be optimistic. Despite playing in only 10 games for Inter Milan this season, he hit the back of the net seven times.

That is good news for Luiz Felipe Scolari, who is desperately trying to help his team recover from a traumatic qualifying campaign.

He now hopes to team up his No. 9 with Rivaldo and Ronaldinho in a trio that will send shockwaves around the world.

World Sport, the sports news show that airs on CNN International, previewed many of the individuals expected to shine at the World Cup.