Brazil recall Ronaldinho for Argentina friendly

Not a rival to IPL, says Sutherland

Ronaldinho

The gifted AC Milan forward, who helped Brazil win the World Cup in 2002, was overlooked by former coach Dunga for this year's finals in South Africa.

 “He's in good form, he's a figurehead who will add value to the Brazil team,” coach Mano Menezes said. “The Ronaldinho we want is the one we learnt to enjoy watching,” he told a news conference. Ronaldinho last played for Brazil in a World Cup qualifier against Peru in April 2009. Menezes also recalled Santos teenager Neymar, whom he dropped for friendlies earlier in October for disciplinary reasons, in a 23-man squad. Ronaldinho has a thigh injury and is set to miss Milan's home game with Juventus on Saturday but he should return for Wednesday's Champions League game against Real Madrid.

He has lost most of the pace he had at Barcelona and struggles to beat defenders with his old trademark shimmy but he can still pick out a world-class pass. Brazil, hosts of the next World Cup in 2014, meet arch-rivals Argentina in Doha on Nov 17.

Squad: Goalkeepers: Victor (Gremio), Jefferson (Botafogo), Neto (Atletico-Paranaense).
Defenders: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Andre Santos (Fenerbahce), Rafael (Manchester United), Adriano Correia (Barcelona), Alex Costa (Chelsea), David Luiz (Benfica), Rever (Atletico-Mineiro), Thiago Silva (AC Milan).

Midfielders: Elias, Jucilei (both Corinthians), Douglas (Gremio), Lucas (Liverpool), Philippe Coutinho (Inter Milan), Ronaldinho (AC Milan), Ramires (Chelsea), Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur)

Forwards: Alexandre Pato, Robinho (both AC Milan), Neymar (Santos), Andre (Dynamo Kiev).

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