Foot­ball great Ron al do, vis­it­ing Aus­tralia on the eve of the F IF A World Cup, opens upon han­dling pres­sure and build­ing team spirit

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The foot­ball great spills his se­crets on big-stage poise.

In a stel­lar ca­reer, Ron al do daz­zled with his speed, feints and clin­i­cal fin­ish­ing, skills he har­nessed to score more than 60 goals for brazil and 247 for se­nior clubs un­til his re­tire­ment in 2011. He scored 83 of those club goals for Real Madrid, anointed by F IF A as the best club of the20th Cen­tury. Men’ s Health caught up with Ron al do in Mel­bourne, first stop for the Real madrid World of foot­ball Ex­pe­ri­ence, be­gin­ning June 9.

M H: What is so spe­cial about Real madrid? R: All the great play­ers who’ ve passed through. All the ti­tles. And the most fans in the world. I think this makes Real madrid de serv­ing of be­ing called club of the cen­tury. What’ s the can’ t-miss el­e­ment of the Real madrid World of Foot­ball Ex­pe­ri­ence? For sure it’s go­ing to be a great op­por­tu­nity for Aus­tralian fans to feel close to the club. Top might be that they’ re go­ing to feel like they’ re in­side the San­ti­ago Bern abéu Sta­dium Given your ex­pe­ri­ences in 1998 and 2002, you know what it’ s like to carry the hope sofa na­tion into a World Cup. What spe­cific things did you do to han­dle the pres­sure? You have to fo­cus on what you’ re do­ing and not what you might be feel­ing. What are your pri­or­i­ties? And, very sim­ple, you have to do things one at a time. For sure, I knew about the pres­sure. But the pres­sure comes be­cause you’ re ca­pa­ble of play­ing to a cer­tain stan­dard. Make sure you are in the best phys­i­cal con­di­tion to play to that stan­dard And there is another way to look at the pres­sure: when things go well, the pres­sure be­comes com­pli­ments. Brazil were cham­pi­ons in 2002. What are the qual­i­ties a team needs to win a World Cup? Many, many things you have to put to­gether. But first of all you have to play as a team. You have to trust your team mates. For sure the in­di­vid­u­als have to have the skills and the qual­ity. But if your team is not uni­fied you can not win You we rea mongtheG al ac­ti­cos at Real madrid How did a team with so many stars–and pre­sum­ably healthy egos – de­velop the kind of unity and spirit you’ re talk­ing about? When you get to Real Madrid you learn how big the club is and that you must play for the club. So, for sure, to put all the best play­ers to­gether is not easy. But his­tory says Real Madrid wasn’t just home for the best play­ers. Real Madrid knows how to win. Who’ s go­ing to win the World Cup in Rus­sia? Brazil is very strong, with amaz­ing play­ers–Gabriel Je­sus ,[ P hi lippe] Cou tin ho,Ney mar–and the younger play­ers will come through. I think we’re strong enough to win but it’s al­ways dif­fi­cult to pre­dict th­ese things. IhBrazilc op e an win

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