Ronaldo leg surgery successful

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Brazil striker Ronaldo's minor leg operation on Saturday was successful, the player's spokesman said.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:35 IST
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Brazil striker Ronaldo's minor leg operation on Saturday was successful, the player's spokesman said. The Real Madrid player had calcifications removed from his left tibia which had been causing pain in recent months, spokesman Paulo Julio Clement told The Associated Press. The surgery at Pasteur Hospital in Rio de Janeiro was performed by Brazil national team doctor Jose Luiz Runco. Real Madrid doctor Alfonso del Corral also was present for the procedure, which lasted nearly an hour and a half. "Everything went well," Runco told local media. "He will leave the hospital on Sunday morning, but won't be able to practice normally for the next four weeks." Ronaldo was expected to stay in Brazil for two weeks before returning to Spain to begin physiotherapy treatment. Doctors said they made a five-centimeter incision on the striker's leg to remove the calcifications. Ronaldo was a Brazil starter at the World Cup, scoring three times and becoming the tournament's all-time leading scorer with 15 goals. Brazil was eliminated in the quarterfinals on a 1-0 loss to eventual runner-up France. The 29-year-old Ronaldo was marred by two serious injuries earlier in his career. In 1999 he tore up his knee with Inter Milan and needed surgery. A year later, he twisted the same knee and was sidelined for several months after another surgery. He recovered, however, helping lead Brazil to its fifth world title in 2002 in South Korea and Japan. He was the tournament's top scorer with eight goals in seven matches - including two in the final against Germany. Also on Saturday, local media said Ronaldo was likely to have his Brazilian driver's license suspended after receiving 13 tickets - most for speeding - in less than one year. Ronaldo argued his employees and relatives were driving his car when the tickets were awarded. (AP)

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