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Ronaldo slims down; weight problems down to illness
August 24, 2007 21:20 IST
Ronaldo was ridiculed by fans and the press during his time at Real Madrid when his weight ballooned and he became known as "el gordo" (the fat one).
He moved to AC Milan in January in a bid to rebuild his career and has since lost 5.5 kgs.
The weight loss programme, coupled with a hamstring injury, means he will not be fit for Sunday's Serie A kick-off at Genoa but he is expected to be back in three weeks.
"Soon you will see him, very soon. It will be a surprise for everyone. He seems like a model," Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti told Italian media on Friday.
"He will have a great season, he is very motivated and really wants to demonstrate again that he is the strongest attacker in the world."
Hypothyroidism is caused by insufficient production of hormones by the thyroid gland and can lead to weight gain.
Milan visit promoted Genoa on Sunday with their fans banned from the stadium for security reasons. The European champions may be without Gennaro Gattuso after he missed Italy's [Images] match on Wednesday with a knee problem. Paolo Maldini is out until late September following knee surgery.