Veteran Brazil striker Ronaldo has all but ruled out a return to the squad for the summer's World Cup, claiming that he doesn't deserve to be on the plane to South Africa.
Ronaldo, the all-time top scorer at World Cup finals with 15 goals, said in February he would retire at the end of next year but still holds out hopes of playing one final time for his country at the showpiece event.
However the striker, now 33 and plying his trade with Corinthians of Sao Paulo, has not played for the national team since the 2006 quarter-final loss to France and now claims his hopes are fading fast.
"Given the few matches I have played this season I don't deserve to be in the Brazilian squad, that's clear,'' he told AFP. ''But I am still at the call of the coach - after all, it's my country."