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June 22, 2006

Less freedom for Ronaldinho in Brazilian team

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Brazilian coach Carlos Parreira makes Ronaldinho play a different role in the national team. The twice World Player of the Year has so far failed to live up to his billing in Germany, giving more ammunition to critics who say he produces his best for Barcelona.

"The professor asked me to play more as an attacking midfielder," he told the press. "I have to start the moves. I haven't lost any freedom but I play deeper, I have to supply our striker."

Ronaldinho Gaucho completed four full internationals without scoring when he played in Monday morning's 2-0 victory over Australia, his last goal coming in the 4-1 win against Argentina in the 2005 Confederations Cup final game.

"My role here is a little bit different," he admitted. "When you play further forward, every dribble produces an opportunity for a shot on goal.

He added his view of the team: "Here my job is to make the team play. I'm not here to play for myself. In Brazil, all the players are of a really high standard so everybody has to help each other out, nobody is here to create a conflict.

In the other hand, Parreira said Ronaldinho had been closely marked in this Cup.

"In fact, Ronaldinho knew he would be under permanent vigilance with two or three players on him all the time," the coach noticed.

"He came here amid all this expectation. We all know that he's been the best in the world for two years running and television stations all over the world are always showing him while playing.

"Coaches know if you give him freedom, he will make the difference." he fnished.