New Barcelona book reveals Ronaldo antics
A new book on Barcelona, 'De puertas adentro" ("Behind Closed Doors"), by Spanish journalist Lluís Lainz, lifts the lid on a number of little known stories from the Catalan giants 113-year history, including some insightful content from Ronaldo's brief time at the club.
Perhaps the most revealing extract comes from early in Il Fenomeno's Camp Nou career, when the 20-year-old left the stadium to go out for dinner but returned later in the company two women.
"Seeing that the player had left, the security guard began to worry. In a moment of responsibility, he decided to see if Ronaldo had problems. The car park was empty. Believing that the player had entered the stadium to show the changing rooms to the two women, he had a huge surprise when he found the three having sex on one of the couches, "wrote Lainz.
However, club president at the time, Josep Lluís Núñez, was very understanding of his young striker's behaviour.
He said: "You do not understand that he is a boy of 20 years of age and wants to have fun?"
Ronaldo, who went on to play for rivals Real Madrid, spent just one season with Barcelona and scored an astonishing 47 goals in 49 games before moving to Inter Milan.