Ronaldinho vows to fight for World Cup recall
Rio de Janeiro: Ronaldinho has refused to concede his 2014 World Cup dream and vowed to convince coach Luiz Felipe Scolari he is worthy of a recall to Brazil`s national team.
The 33-year-old was left out of Scolari`s 23-man squad for next month`s Confederations Cup despite his impressive club form for Brazilian outfit Atletico Mineiro.
‘There is still a long way to go until the World Cup and my intention is to be under consideration,’ Ronaldinho said Wednesday.
‘I am motivated more than ever. I wanted to at least be called up (for the Confederations Cup) but this gives me more reason to try to be remembered next time.’
Brazil`s media speculated that the omissions of Ronaldinho and Chelsea midfielder Ramires had been due to disciplinary reasons.
Ronaldinho is said to have arrived late to a team meeting before Brazil`s friendly against Chile last month while Ramires reportedly failed to attend an appointment with Brazil`s medical staff in London in March. Both players have denied the claims.
‘There was no delay whatsoever,’ Ronaldinho said. ‘The agreement was to meet for a team dinner and I arrived on time.’
The two-time FIFA world player of the year winner struggled during his three international appearances this year.
He missed a penalty in Brazil`s 1-2 defeat to England at Wembley Stadium in February and had no impact during the team`s 2-2 draw with Chile last month.
‘I didn`t perform to expectations in that game (against Chile),’ the former Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and AC Milan star said.