Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Ronaldinho finds happiness again
by Paul Kennedy, January 11th, 2010 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

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
TV Report: Sounders-NYCFC game draws 616,000 viewers    
The Seattle Sounders-New York City FC game averaged 616,000 viewers on ESPN, the most for an ...
What They're Saying: Jim Curtin    
"Jesse was upset with the referees, obviously. Maybe lost his temper a bit, but I've seen ...
Video Pick: Stephen Colbert on Iceland over England    
On the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the host opened his monologue with a recap of ...
What They're Saying: Paris dog owner Lindsey Kent    
"Oliver is happy to mingle with people if they're friendly. But he feels a little scared ...
NASL: More rebuilding by Miami FC -- Kwadwo Poku    
Miami FC, the NASL expansion club that finished last in the Spring Season, continued its spending ...
MLS Countdown: Birnbaum back for long road slog    
A four-game road trip starts Friday for D.C. United and the return of defender Steve Birnbaum ...
MLS Moves: Fire and Gilberto part ways    
The bizarre saga of Gilberto in MLS has come to an end, allowing the Chicago Fire ...
U.S. Open Cup: PC move triggers Strikers' upset win    
The NASL Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, who had never beaten an MLS team going back to their ...
MLS Countdown: Injury bug bites Irwin again, Bono in goal    
Forced out of game against Orlando City last weekend, Toronto FC goalkeeper Clint Irwin will miss ...
What They're Saying: Landon Donovan    
"I realized quickly I'm not a naturally energetic, outgoing, outspoken kind of person. I have pretty ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives