Former Brazil striker Ronaldo feels his countrymen will be under pressure to perform when they host World Cup 2014, but believes it could act as motivation.
The 36-year-old Ronaldo retired from the game in 2011 after scoring 62 goals in 98 appearances for the Selecao while also playing for the some of the greatest clubs in the world including Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. He conceded a lot will be expected of the host nation in two years' time, especially as Mano Menezes' side is going through a rebuilding process, but he is hopeful the tournament will bring the best out of the players.
"I'm sure it will be difficult for the Brazilian team especially as we’re going through a period of rejuvenation for the team," Ronaldo told the BBC. "No doubt that playing at home will bring extra pressure, but this could also become a great motivator. We’re all going to be following events closely, and the important thing is to put on a good competition."
Ronaldo is confident that Brazil can be an excellent host of the competition despite going through some tough times recently, in regards to the organization of the event.
"Absolutely Brazil will be ready we’re working very hard to ensure that the World Cup hosting is perfect," Ronaldo said. "There have been turbulent times in the local organizing committee, but lately there has been good collaboration between all parts of government in Brazil, whether its national or local level. Along with FIFA, we’ve been doing a good job, and I'm sure we’ll host a fantastic World Cup."
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- Mano Menezes