Ronaldo would accept Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo into Brazil squad
Former Brazil striker Ronaldo has revealed he would have no problem accepting foreign-born players into the Seleção team if they were the calibre of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
Speaking at a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, the 37-year-old explained that the Barcelona ace or Real Madrid star would be his first choice to represent the 2014 World Cup hosts, even ahead of former Argentina forward Diego Maradona, reports Goal.com.
"I would love it if there was a Messi or a Cristiano Ronaldo rejected by their country that could play in the Brazilian team," he said.
“I would prefer Messi to Diego [Maradona], even though Diego is also my friend.”
Atlético Madrid forward Diego Costa’s desire to play for Spain despite being born in Brazil and the English FA’s pursuit of Adnan Januzaj has reignited the debate over international eligibility.
Ronaldo insisted these developments are nothing new.
He added: "Players who are not used in their own country and have a second citizenship are used by other countries.”