Ronaldinho certainly didn’t expect a call-up from the Brazil national team, but the former Barcelona star intends to make the best out of it by bringing back home the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The 32-year-old, who has helped Brazil win two World Cups, is delighted to return to Brazil’s squad. In an interview at Wembley, Ronaldinho admitted he was surprised to receive the offer of wearing the famous yellow jersey once again, but he was not going to let this opportunity to go to waste.
“It had not been in my plans,” the world class attacking midfielder said. “I had a very good season last year so I was hoping it would happen to a certain extent. I am very glad it has come true now.
“My style remains the same. I play the same way I played before. It gives me great pleasure to return to Europe, having played here for such a long time. It is a great pleasure to be back.”
Brazil are set to play against England in a friendly on Wednesday. The match not only marks the return of Ronaldinho, but also the return of Brazil’s legendary coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. The former Chelsea boss was the man in charge when Brazil won the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
“There is great pedigree amongst our team,” said Ronaldinho, who used to be one of the best players on the planet in his prime. “I think we have all the possibilities to win the World Cup.
“We have a mix of young players and experienced players. I am the most experienced player in this team so I will do everything to help my team to win this big aim, which is the World Cup.”
Ronaldinho’s presence in the squad should give a huge morale boost to the whole Brazil squad, yet it is Neymar who has been given the responsibility of leading the Selecao to greatness once again.
The Santos forward is considered to be one of the best forwards in the world. Ronaldinho Neymar is the x-factor in Brazil’s squad, an edge that Brazil needs if they want to win the World Cup.
“He is definitely amongst the best in the world,” Ronaldinho said praising the 21-year-old forward. “It is a great pleasure to play at his side and I am sure he will be the best pretty soon.
“Football is very quick. Everything happens very quickly and nowadays there is Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo. Neymar is still a very young player but we all have a lot of confidence that pretty soon he is going to be the best in the world.”