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


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.