Ronaldinho was the surprise omission as Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari named his 23-man roster for the upcoming Confederations Cup. The two-time former FIFA World Player of the Year has been in outstanding form for Atletico Mineiro, recently guiding the Belo Horizonte club to the Copa Libertadores quarterfinals, and earning universal praise -- including from Big Phil -- in the process. Ronaldinho also played in three of Scolari’s first five matches since his return as national team coach, making his omission all the more surprising.
The other high-profile names that failed to make the cut were Real Madrid playmaker Kaka, Chelsea midfielder Ramires and Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato. The most surprising addition to the list was Ronaldinho’s Mineiro teammate Bernard, who is just 20.
"I sincerely hope that from now on, regardless of the players who were chosen or left out, we start working together and support the national team," Scolari said. "When I make my choices, I think about what I can gain and what I can lose. I make the decisions taking into consideration what is best for the team. It's natural that it was difficult to make a decision, they are all great players and they all could be on this list. I made the choices based on the matches we played and based on some personal criteria."
Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Queens Park Rangers), Diego Cavalieri (Fluminense), Jefferson (Botafogo)
Defenders: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Jean (Fluminense), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), David Luiz (Chelsea), Rever (Atletico Mineiro), Dante (Bayern Munich), Thiago Silva (Paris St. Germain)
Midfielders: Paulinho (Corinthians), Fernando (Gremio), Luiz Gustavo (Bayern Munich), Hernanes (Lazio), Oscar (Chelsea), Lucas (Paris St. Germain), Jadson (Sao Paulo)
Forwards: Neymar (Santos), Fred (Fluminense), Hulk (Zenit St. Petersburg), Leandro Damiao (Internacional), Bernard (Atletico Mineiro)