Legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo admitted on Wednesday that FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke was right to highlight the problems plaguing organisers of the 2014 World Cup in the country.
Valcke infuriated Brazil when he said the organising committee needed "a kick up the backside" if they were to get building work back on schedule, two years out from the global showpiece.
"Valcke has already apologised to the Brazilian people. The way he made his criticisms was regrettable, but that is not to say that he wasn't right," Ronaldo told Bandeirantes TV in Sao Paulo.
"Brazil is late in infrastructure work, there are a lot of things which are behind schedule," added Ronaldo, who is a high-profile member of the organising committee.