Ronaldinho recommended Frank to his Boss

Former Barcelona midfielder Ronaldinho has revealed that he recommended Frank Lampard to his former boss Frank Rijkaard. It was the Dutchman who brought Ronaldinho to the Camp Nou in 2006.

The Brazilian went on to dominate world football for a couple of years and he also won the world player of the year award during this period. It was also the time when Ronaldinho came across Lampard when Barcelona played against Chelsea in the Champions League. The England midfielder was a crucial reason behind Chelsea beating the Spanish club on a couple of occasions.

Back then, the England international was revered at Chelsea for his ability to score goals from the midfield. At the peak of his powers, Lampard could score more than 20 goals regularly from the midfield. Ronaldinho says that this ability has been matched by very few midfielders in history and that signing the England international would have helped Barcelona to become an even bigger force in world football. Continue Reading “Ronaldinho recommended Frank to his Boss”

NEW CONTRACT

Former Barcelona superstar Ronaldinho has agreed to a new contract at Atletico Mineiro, thus bringing to an end all the speculation linking him with a return to European football with Besiktas. The Turkish outfit have been linked with a move for the player, who slowly appears to be finding his best form in recent years. Even though he may never play at the level he was seen during the 2006 World Cup, he still remains as one of the finest players in the Brazilian league. Hence, Atletico Mineiro were under a lot of pressure to sign him on a new contract.

Besiktas were interested in taking him back to Europe, as he would also like the same in order to be selected for the Brazilian squad. Ronaldinho has not featured for the national team for a long time and he is stuck on 97 caps. It is understood that he wants to play for the national team at the 2014 World Cup, which will be hosted in Brazil. As a result, he was even convinced that a move to European outfits will put him back in the eyes of Scolari, but it now appears that Atletico Mineiro will keep him for much longer.

Club president Alexandre Kalil confirmed the news on Twitter, but the length of the contract has not been revealed yet. Ronaldinho almost helped the team secure major titles this season. The new season is set to start in a week. Cruzeiro managed to win the title last season after taking 76 points compared to the 65 points of Gremio. Atletico Mineiro could only manage a third-place finish in the table, but they have qualified for the Copa Libertadores as a result of it.

Atletico Mineiro have been able to challenge for title due to the presence of Ronaldinho.

STILL HOPING

Even though Ronaldinho has not played for Brazil since a friendly match against Chile back in April, he has not given up hope of being called up by Scolari and participate in the upcoming World Cup which will be held in Brazil.

The 33 years old playmaker is currently making a recovery from a thigh injury he sustained but a video posted from the former Barcelona displayed him in a physiotherapy session at the training base of Athletic Mineiro, the video had the hash tag ‘’Ronaldinho return’’ with a message that said: “What I want is the World Cup’’.

Brazil’s coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said that Kaka and Ronaldinho both have the chance to make a return to the national team ahead of the World Cup as the tactician is keeping a close eye on both players.

Ronaldinho talked about his recovery and how things are going for him in his club.

“I am extremely motivated. We have the chance to take this club to a higher level. My desire is to take Athletic as far as possible,” he said, while admitting that he is not currently in top physical condition.

“I am undertaking physical preparation so I can last the remaining months of the year,” he said.

Neymar has high expectations with his new club Barcelona as he said to the Spanish media, in which he expressed his desire to replicate what Ronaldinho did playing in ‘’El Clasico’’.

“It’s the match every player wants to play in, and is the game where each player wants to play his best football.

“I remember the Clasico, I believe it was in 2005, when Ronaldinho scored two goals. That’s the Barca-Madrid match I remember most.”

His recovery and the matches he plays with his club will determine if Scolari calls him up to make an appearance in his starting XI and represent his national team Brazil.

MOST WANTED

Ronaldinho has become one of the wanted football stars once again after his move to Atletico Mineiro. He has helped the Brazilian club in the South American equivalent of the Champions league, which has made him a hot property in world football once again. His future has been under a lot of speculation in recent weeks. It has been speculation that Ronaldinho maybe considering a move away from Atletico Mineiro. His brother and agent Roberto Assis has only added to the speculation by saying that there are several clubs interested in his client.

However, Ronaldinho has not decided his future is yet and he will be taking a decision shortly. His contract with the Brazilian outfit will come to an end at the end of the season. Unlike in Europe, the Brazil season comes to a close on December. Ronaldinho is famous throughout the world after having played for some of the biggest clubs in the world like AC Milan and Barcelona. Roberto Assis has revealed that Ronaldinho will be deciding on his future after the end of the FIFA Club World Cup tournament in which Atletico Mineiro will be competing alongside the likes of Bayern Munich.

It has been reported that several MLS clubs are interested in taking him to North America.

“We all know that his contract expires in December and the president of the club (Alexandre Kalil) has said that only Ronaldinho will decide what the future holds. We are taking things calmly. We are going to prepare for the Club World Cup and than we will decide. His focus is on playing well during the rest of the Campeonato Brasileiro,” said Ronaldinho’s agent in a recent interview. He returned to Brazilian football with Flamengo, but he spent only 16 months there before moving to Atletico Mineiro in June.

RONALDINHO COMEBACK

Former Barcelona and AC Milan superstar Ronaldinho has not been seen at the international level after the first few matches under Luis Felipe Scolari. However, he could be recalled after the end of the Confederations cup according to manager Scolari. He has said that both Ronaldinho and Kaka will be competing for a place in the 2014 World Cup squad despite many ruling them out of contention due to the presence of young and upcoming names like Lucas Mora and Oscar. Scolari has always been a huge fan of Ronaldinho and Kaka.

Despite being over 30 and not being in the best of shape to take part in a World Cup against the best defenders in the world, Ronaldinho and Kaka will be given a chance to prove their worth in the team. Ronaldinho has been in great form since moving to Athletic Minero, and it was partly responsible for his recall to the first-team in Scolari’s first match since returning as the Brazil manager. However, he was extremely disappointing in that defeat against England, which led to him being dropped for the subsequent friendlies.

Kaka has also been in poor form for Real Madrid, which has led to him not getting regular first-team football at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“We will keep an eye on every Brazilian player, in Europe and in Brazil, to ensure the best players will be included in the national team in 2014. All will be well received when observed and we will make the squad for the World Cup, the door is open to everyone. I already have a good group but I can not promise that any of them will be at the World Cup, I will do my analysis and we are open to every great player,” said Scolari, who led Brazil to Confederations cup triumph.

RONALDINHO RECALLED

The former Barcelona superstar Ronaldinho has been recalled to the Brazilian national team by the new manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, who has praised the 32-year-old by saying that he still remains as one of the best in the world. Ronaldinho is best known for his spell with Barcelona during which time he managed to become the best player in the world. Even though several problems in his personal life and lack of fitness has reduced his impact, the player still remains as one to fear according to Scolari. He has also named the Santos striker Neymar in the same bracket as Ronaldinho.

Scolari recently named the squad for the upcoming friendly match with England. He has included the attacking midfielder Ronaldinho in the squad for the first time after many years. Since his spell with Barcelona, Ronaldinho has never been the same player. He had spells with the Italian club AC Milan and the Brazilian club Flamengo, but none were as successful. However, he has shown flashes of his brilliance once again with the current club Atlético Mineiro. This has led to the call-up to the national team, for whom he has made 94 appearances over the years. Ronaldinho has also scored 33 goals in these matches.

“I want what everyone else wants, which is that they play the football they are capable of playing. Few can play the game better than them. I also want good behavior. I want them to be responsible, regardless of their age. We have placed our bets on a World Cup win and that is what we are working towards. The supporters are right to demand it. I always like to have a stronger type of player in the penalty area,” said Scolari after naming the squad. Scolari won the World Cup with Brazil back in 2002.