Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Ronaldinho finds happiness again
by Paul Kennedy, January 11th, 2010 7AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  brazil, italy, world cup

MOST COMMENTED

[ITALY] It's a little too early to write off Ronaldinho. The 29-year-old Brazilian scored twice to give AC Milan a 3-0 win at Juventus on Sunday and continued his spell of excellent form in his bid to make Brazil's 2010 World Cup team. Don't think Brazil coach Dunga isn't watching. He's said to be following Ronaldinho closely and excited to see him smiling again ...

"I am happy," Ronaldinho admitted afterward in an interview with Sky Italia. "Milan put me in a condition to work well, so I arrive with the confidence and enthusiasm to do what I want."

He admitted everything is going well with first-year coach Leonardo, in contrast to the troubles he had last season with Carlo Ancelotti.

"It's normal that when I don't play, I'm not happy," he said. "I play regularly with Leo and am in good shape, so it's going well."

Ronaldinho, who says he just wants to win something for Milan, started for Brazil on its 2002 World Cup championship team and on its team that fell to Brazil in the quarterfinals at the 2006 World Cup, but his poor form in recent years cost him a spot on Dunga's Brazil team that won the 2009 Confederations Cup and qualified for the 2010 World Cup as the South American champion.

Dunga recently said he was pleased to see that Ronaldinho is enjoying himself again and did not rule out his return to the national team.

"I have seen Ronaldinho smile on TV," said Dunga. "It seems like a detail. Instead it's an important 'report.' Dinho makes the difference when he is happy."

Dunga also liked that Ronaldinho was working hard.

"The doors to the Brazil side are not closed," he said. "I still have six months to choose the players. Ronaldinho needs to continue like this, remembering that in soccer the past doesn't count. All that counts is the present."

For Ronaldinho, a recall for South Africa 2010 would be a dream come true.

"My wish it to go there and bring another trophy to the Brazilian people," he said recently.

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Sigi Schmid    
"We've got to make sure we right that and get them back for that. I don't ...
August brings no change to Sounders' fortunes    
The way things are going, the Seattle Sounders' season may remembered as before and after Tukwila. ...
Farfan hero, Alvarado goat in Mexico    
Gabriel Farfan came off the bench and scored the winning goal five minutes later to lead ...
Ontario's K-W United FC takes PDL crown    
Top-seeded Kitchener-Waterloo United FC became the third Canadian team to win the PDL championship in the ...
MLS: Seeing isn't believing after 39-goal Saturday    
On a day when Frank Lampard, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Tranquillo Barnetta, among others, made their league ...
What Thay're Saying: Chris Rolfe    
"That was the craziest game I've ever been a part of, in pro soccer." -- D.C. ...
Video Pick: Mourinho tosses medal to young Arsenal fan    
Jose Mourinho brought a smile to the face of a young Arsenal fan when the Chelsea ...
What They're Saying: Economics professor Bruce Corrie    
"There are a number of positive benefits it could have to engage youth, build values, provide ...
Crowd Count: Chattanooga FC draws record 9,236 fans    
For the second year in a row, Chattanooga FC set a National Premier Soccer League attendance ...
Charlotte snaps Rhinos' USL unbeaten streak at 19 games    
The Charlotte Independence got goals from brothers Alex Martinez and Enzo Martinez as well as Pole ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives