Even during his playing days, Ronaldo de Lima was not renowned for his attention to fitness. Having retired and freed himself of the rigorous physical exercises demanded of a top flight player, he has really let himself go and piled on the pounds. His ex-Madrid teammate, Michael Owen took to twitter to joke about his weight but the Brazilian didn’t take too kindly to it. The three-time FIFA World Player of the Year said:

“I am shocked as to how much importance my weight garners in the world we live in. I don’t know why it is so important, to be honest.”

Ronaldo also revealed that he did not speak to Owen after his gag, while Roberto Carlos – another former Real great – hit out at the ex-England star.

“I don’t like these type of jokes. Ronaldo is a very good friend of mine and we have to be careful. The thing about Ronaldo is not about his body, it’s his heart, he has a very big heart,” he added.

Twitter users have come out in fierce defence of Ronaldo while reprimanding Owen for the jibe.