Menezes suggests Ronaldinho unlikely to be included in Brazil's Olympics squad

Brazil boss Mano Menezes has hinted that Ronaldinho has little chance of earning an international recall in time for the Olympics.

The Flamengo forward was included in the 49-year-old's provisional panel for the Games in London but was on Friday omitted from the 23-man squad for the upcoming friendlies with Denmark, United States, Mexico and Argentina.

Menezes suggested that Ronaldinho, who had been hoping to earn one of the over-age berths on offer, could yet force his way back into the reckoning, but admitted that his focus is firmly fixed on nurturing the Selecao's young talent.

"Ronaldinho was not summoned for the same reason other times before," the former Corinthians coach told Globoesporte.

"We have to respect this player because he is a world champion, but this moment is reserved for the younger players.

"If I take someone, I am taking them to play - this is a chance to make observations about our youngsters.

"But great players are able to bounce back and surprise us. And he must be held in this regard."

Menezes suggested, though, that Ronaldinho had not done enough in his last international outing to retain his place in the national team set-up.

"After the Copa America, he was called up three times," he explained. "Against Ghana, he had an average game. I called on him again against Mexico and was voted the best player on the team.

"After I included him against Bosnia & Herzegovina in February, I removed him during 15 or 20 minutes into the second half."

Ronaldinho, who has been capped 94 times by his country, played a starring role in his country's 2002 World Cup triumph in Japan and South Korea.

Medal Count

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 46 29 29 104
2 China 38 27 23 88
3 Great Britain 29 17 19 65
4 Russia 24 26 32 82
5 South Korea 13 8 7 28
6 Germany 11 19 14 44
7 France 11 11 12 34
86 Philippines 0 0 0 0

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