4 February, 2013 - 03:32

Ronaldinho: "I would get Rooney and Ashley Cole in the Brazil team"

Ronaldinho: "I would get Rooney and Ashley Cole in the Brazil team"

In an exclusive interview with Sportsmail, ahead of Wednesday’s friendly game between England and Brazil, Ronaldinho shared his thoughts on English football and his best goals.

The Brazil legendary midfielder admitted he would gladly get Rooney and Ashley Cole in the Brazil team. He said: “Rooney is a player I like - there is not a national squad in the world he would not improve. Ashley Cole is a fantastic defender. I have seen him keep the best players in the world quiet.”

Asked about the best goal he has scored, Ronaldinho revealed that was the goal against Villareal in 2006. He said: “My best has to be for Barcelona against Villarreal in 2006 - that is the one I am asked most about and it is the one I am most proud of. Xavi chipped the ball to me, I chested it down, twisted and hit an overhead kick. It was the final goal in a 4-0 win.”

Ronaldinho also identified Terry and Maldini as the best opponents he faced. “The toughest opponents for me are the defenders who are tough in the way they play - where you can’t see a way through. Paolo Maldini and John Terry are two of the toughest men I have met on the field.”

Midfielder revealed he has no regrets about not playing in England, stating “I have played for some of the biggest teams in the world and won everything. The only regret is not playing more seasons with Lionel Messi. He is my good friend. I could see even at a young age he was going to be the best. It was exciting to see this kid who could do things most players can only dream of.”

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has decided to recall Ronaldinho to the Brazil squad for a friendly against England. The 32-year-old ex-Milan and Barcelona player last played for Brazil against Bosnia and Herzegovina a year ago.

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Author: Basil Naumov

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