Ronaldinho: I’ll be in Beijing

The Star Online>10/7/2008

SAO PAULO: Ronaldinho says he plans to play for Brazil at the Olympics in defiance of the wishes of his club Barcelona.

“I do not see myself being left out of Beijing,” Ronaldinho said during a press conference at a charity event on Tuesday. “I see myself in the Olympics doing good things and bringing home the gold medal.”

Ronaldinho was named in Brazil’s Olympic squad on Monday, but a day later Barcelona posted a statement on their website saying the former World Player of the Year “will have to report for training on Monday, the first session of the 2008-09 season”.

  

 Funny: Ronaldinho laughs while signing an autograph for children from GRAAC, a support group for children and adolescents with cancer, in Sao Paulo on Tuesday. – Reuters

“The Olympics do not form part of the official FIFA calendar, and no official decision has ever been made in that respect, so the club are under no obligation to allow their player to travel,” the statement said.

The Brazilian star, who last played on March 9, is still under contract with Barcelona, even though he has been linked with transfers to Manchester City and AC Milan.

Brazil are scheduled to gather in two weeks for the Olympics – the only significant title they have never won.

But he’s is not the only one having trouble getting his club’s permission to play in the Olympics.

Werder Bremen’s Diego and Schalke’s Rafinha have also been refused permission by their Bundesliga clubs to play in the Olympics.

The two German clubs have reiterated month-old stances about how they won’t release players would miss two Bundesliga matches while at the Beijing Games. – AP

~ by missjewelz on July 17, 2008.

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