WORLD CUP: PAULO COELHO CALLS RONALDO A FOOL AND SAYS HE IS NOT GOING

He is one of the best known Brazilian authors and was talking to the French newspaper Journal du Dimanche about his latest book Adultery (Flamarion, 200 pages ) but what repercuted in Brazil was the fact that he called fellow country man Ronaldo a fool and confirmed he was not going to Brazil for the World Cup,which starts 12th June.

I was in the official delegation with Lula, Dunga and Romario when FIFA chose Brazil. But I am very disappointed with everything that has happened since. We could use the money to build something other than stages in a country that needs everything: hospitals, schools, transport. Ronaldo is a fool for saying that it is not the role of the World Cup to build this infrastructure. He should have shut his mouth ..

Coelho in the group

Coelho, Dunga, President Lula, Romario and Teixeira

Living in Switzerland now, after a spell in France, Coelho has sold over 165 million books and chose a very simple plot (has he ever chosen any other kind?!)  for his latest: a married journalist’s relationship with a much younger woman. The interview is long acne mainly about his writing style and pirating in the internet but what caused headlines were his views on the World Cup.

The Seleção winning or not, I am sure there will be a social explosion. There will be people in the stadiums and even more people who will be demonstrating outside . It will be when the world will have their eyes on Brazil. The context is very tense.Violence returned. World Cup could be a blessing and a time of fellowship for us as it was for France or Germany. But it is a disaster. The country wants to show a face that is not the truth.There is a divide between the government and the people.

Read the whole article at Journal du Dimanche http://www.lejdd.fr/Sport/Football/Paulo-Coehlo-Pourquoi-je-n-irai-pas-a-la-Coupe-du-monde-665698

Or a Brazilian article at uol.com.br  http://copadomundo.uol.com.br/noticias/redacao/2014/05/19/paulo-coelho-se-diz-decepcionado-com-copa-e-detona-ronaldo-imbecil.htm

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