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Ronaldinho Included In Brazil’s Preliminary Olympic Squad

Brazilian play maker, Ronaldinho has been included in coach Mano Menezes preliminary squad for the London Olympics games as one of the three senior players who could be given the chance to lead to their maiden Olympic honour.

Other players also considered were Barcelona’s Dani Alves, Chelsea’s David Luiz, FC Porto’s Hulk, AC Milan’s Thiago Silva and Inter Milan’s Julio Cesar. Brazil have never won the Olympic title and for a player like Ronaldinho, this is the only medal missing from his very impressive cabinet.

The Flamengo play maker who turns 32 next week on Wednesday has won everything there is to win in football except the Olympics and with his career coming to an end very soon, Dinho is keen on bowing out with a bang.

Should he be selected in Menezes’s final 23 man squad, he will partner upcoming stars Neymar, Pato, Ganso and Sandro. The truth of the matter is, this tournament could have a very big implication on whether Dinho makes it to the ultimate squad. The tournament might be two years away, but with the plethora of talent that exists in this football mad country, it’s never too early to  make a good impression.

Meanwhile, in other Brazil news, has seen their €25 million for risisng talent Lucas Moura rejected by Sao Paolo. According to the player’s agent Wagner Ribeiro, Sao Paolo rejected Inter’s €25 million bid after Inter director Marco Branca met with club officials in January.

“Branca made a €25 million offer in January. However, president Juvencio Juvenal decided not to sell him,” Ribeiro told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Lucas, after [Santos forward] Neymar, is the player who has received the most offers to leave Brazil. At the moment, however, he does not want to think about a transfer as he is very fond of Sao Paulo.”

On his part, the teen star revealed that his dream is to replicate the achievements fellow compatriot and icon Kaka made for Milan.

“My dream after the Olympics is to join Inter, but I am no Kaka,”

“I need to become more clinical in front of the net; sometimes I am not effective enough.”

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