Ronaldo shows off new svelte figure in Brazil

Ronaldo has kicked those pounds away, replacing his beer belly

with defined abs.

The now-retired Brazilian soccer great shed more than 37 pounds

in a televised weight-loss program. He weighed 223 on Sunday, down

from 260 when he began the three-month fitness program in

September. The ”Fantastico” variety show chronicled the former

striker’s intense exercise routines, which included weightlifting,

swimming, dance and yoga classes and forays onto the soccer

field.

Ronaldo, a three-time FIFA player of the year, retired early

last year but is a member of the local organizing committee for the

2014 World Cup. He has also done commercials, some of them poking

at his dramatic weight gain.