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July 26, 2008

Italian resurrection for Ronaldinho at AC Milan

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Ronaldinho Gaucho, the former European and World Footballer of the Year, finally completed his transfer to italian powerhouse AC Milan from Barcelona last week, putting behind him the worst 12 months of his career as he missed large chunks of the campaign due to injury and poor form.

“I am becoming reborn with AC Milan,” Ronaldinho admitted in an interview at Gazzetta dello Sport with his trademark toothy grin, while speaking from Brazil’s Olympic training camp in Singapore.

“I am improving day by day. I thank coach Carlo Ancelotti and the club for having authorised me to come to the Olympics, as it will be an excellent way of preparing for the Italian season.

“I am working really hard, following a personal fitness programme with a specific diet and I think I’m close to 100 per cent now,” he claims.

“What's more, on August 7, when we make our Olympic debut, I will be in ideal shape," added Ronaldinho, who travels to the matches in Beijing as one of the Selecao’s three over age players.

“In fact, Brazil might want me to play as a striker next to Pato, which is absolutely no problem for me, as I have already played in that role.

“If Carlo Ancelotti asks me to play there too, I am ready. Whether it is midfield or attack, I will give my all” he assured.

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