Ronaldo not to play in qualifiers

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

Three-time FIFA Player of the Year Ronaldo was dropped from the Brazilian national team for two upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Ronaldo not to play in qualifiers

Rio de Janeiro:

Three-time FIFA Player of the Year Ronaldo was dropped from the Brazilian national team for two upcoming World Cup qualifiers and the Confederations Cup, the Brazilian soccer confederation announced. Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira met with Ronaldo yesterday over the issue. He released the player for Brazil's qualifiers against Paraguay on Sunday and Argentina on June 8, as well as the Confederations Cup in Germany June 15-29. "Ronaldo claimed personal problems that prevent him from dedicating himself to the Brazilian team at the moment," Parreira was quoted on the confederation's (CBF) Web site. Time to rest Parreira summoned Sao Paulo striker Grafite to face Paraguay and Argentina. He said Julio Cesar, of Spain's Sevilla, will replace Ronaldo at the Confederations Cup. Ronaldo asked to be released from the squad for the Confederations Cup, claiming he needed time to rest and recover from the Spanish season, especially heading into next season and the 2006 World Cup in Germany. But Brazilians had expected he would play in the Cup qualifiers, when Brazil hopes to clinch its place in the 32-team finals field. Ronaldo also expected to play in the qualifiers and expressed disappointment at being dropped. However he said he would respect the decision of the Brazilian soccer confederation. (AP)

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