Ronaldo believes Brazil will be ready to win World Cup by 2014
Former Brazil striker Ronaldo believes the Seleção will have a good chance of winning the World Cup, by the time the tournament arrives in Rio in 2014.
The 35-year-old, who finished his playing days at Corinthians in February 2011, has been speaking of his nation’s chances of winning the competition for a sixth time.
Ronald, who was plagued by knee injuries during an illustrious career, led Brazil to their record fifth World Cup win in 2002, and picked up the Golden Boot.
With all eyes on Brazil as it prepares to host the next tournament in two years time, the former Inter and Real Madrid striker believes his country faces challenges on two fronts.
He said: "First, the organization of a World Cup, which is the biggest challenge in terms of country-wide organization, is a very complex event to organise.
"The Brazilian people have high expectations about winning the cup in our own country and I'm certain that by the time we get to the cup, our team is going to be competitive."
Adding a sixth gold star to the famous yellow and green jersey will be difficult, following Brazil’s defeat to Netherlands at the quarterfinal stage in South Africa in 2010, but not impossible according to Ronaldo.
He added: "I think in the last victories we had in the World Cup [1994 and 2002], the team was traditionally created in the last year. So I think we still have time.
"We have Neymar, who is a huge talent, Pato, Thiago Silva, who is another excellent defender. Ganso, Oscar.
"We have a very young team, but it's playing at a high level and gives us big hope for a victory."
The three-time FIFA Ballon d'Or winner also advised Santos forward Neymar to sign for a European club, in order to help him join the level Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are playing at.
"I think Neymar still has a phase to compete, which is to play in Europe and triumph playing there," added the Brazilian great, who scored more than 60 goals for the Seleção.