Ronaldo may weigh 210 pounds, but the Corinthians coaching staff has given the Brazilian superstar permission to eat whatever he likes during the Christmas break, because after that he will be subject to a rigorous dieting schedule.

Additionally, says his new team, when Ronaldo begins preseason training with his new teammates, he will be forced to follow an intense training routine in order to strengthen his right knee and the rest of his lower body.

"You can't persecute Ronaldo during Christmas, and I don't think he will put on a great deal of weight in one night," Corinthians physiatrist Danile Leite Portella told Globo Esporte. "He won't be able to take in [7 pounds] of food, and he will surely know how to control himself."

Ronaldo has to be prepared to make sacrifices, as team doctor Joaquin Grava explained that he will have to lose 11 pounds in two weeks. The former Real Madrid and Barcelona player is expected to weigh 196 or 198 pounds, bringing his total body weight mass down by 10 to 13.5 percent.

Heading into the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Ronaldo weighed 209 pounds, and he played at 200 after following a strict routine.

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