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Ronaldinho ready for Brazil return

August 6, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Flamengo playmaker Ronaldinho has outlined his desire to become a permanent fixture of the Brazil squad again, insisting he can "make a positive contribution to the national team".

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GettyImagesRonaldinho's chances with the national team have been limited in recent years

Ronaldinho, 31, was omitted from former coach Dunga's 2010 World Cup squad after a season in which he failed to demonstrate his form and fitness on a regular basis with AC Milan.

But the two-time World Player of the Year was given hope of reigniting his international career by current Selecao boss Mano Menezes when he was selected for a friendly against Argentina last November and despite not featuring since, Ronaldinho believes he still has plenty to offer at the highest level.

"My objective is to do my best with Flamengo and if the coach needs me I will be ready," Ronaldinho said. "It's the moment I've been dreaming of (to return to the Brazil squad). Physically, I'm in top form.

"From now until the World Cup a lot of things can happen, but I believe I can make a positive contribution to the national team."

Ronadinho has been plying his trade back in Brazil since January after returning to his homeland with Flamengo and he remains an extremely popular figure among the country's football fans.

Question marks remain over his off-field activities but a memorable hat-trick against Santos last month provided a reminder of what he is capable of on the pitch.

Brazil's next game is against Germany in Stuttgart on August 10 as the 2014 World Cup hosts begin a three-year run of friendlies in the lead up to the tournament.