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Ronaldinho hoping for World Cup opportunity

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Atletico Mineiro midfielder Ronaldinho is feeling confident that he can once again play for the Brazilian national team and perform at his peak for both club and country.

Upon arriving at Atletico, club coach Cuca felt that Ronaldinho would best serve the team in a more central position. The Brazilian then underwent his transition from a left-sided forward into more of a central playmaker.

"It’s a role I played when I was younger, when I started out as a professional," Ronaldinho told FIFA.com. "Then when I arrived at Paris Saint-Germain I started to play out wide on the left, and I continued in the same position at Barcelona.

"But when I came to Atletico and Cuca explained to me what he had in mind for the team, I said it sounded great. I love being the main creator: it’s something I've always done. For me it works perfectly, on a practical and emotional level. It just makes sense."

Ronaldinho, then went on to discuss his relationship with current Brazil boss, Luiz Felipe Scolari, and his desire to return to the national set-up in time for the World Cup.

He added: "Luiz Felipe Scolari and I have won so much together and we have a good relationship. He is a very direct person and is always open with me. I know that there are still opportunities available for those who are playing well. He seems to have the core of his squad decided, but whoever is in good form at the right time will go too."

'Dinho', as he is affectionately known by his fans, is fairly unconcerned as to where he would be positioned on the field if he was once again to play for Brazil.

"I can play any position from midfield to further forward. I've already played most of them in fact, that’s why I’m so relaxed about it," he continued.

"Of course I’m always working hard to improve. If there is a chance of playing in the World Cup, I’ll be ready, and I’ll be at my peak. My goal is to always be at my best."

The 33-year-old looks to have found his feet in his homeland of Brazil after a rough few years abroad. The player's personal life and weight problems proved a constant problem during his last season in Barcelona and his three seasons with Italian giants, AC Milan.

Ronaldinho found his feet at Flamengo and helped the club win the Campeonato Carioca in 2011. He then joined Atletico Mineiro where he has won a brace of trophies, the Campeonato Mineiro and the prestigious Copa Libertadores.


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