International news: Ronaldinho still hopeful of making Brazil's World Cup squad
Ronaldinho admits that he still has hopes of making Brazil's World Cup squad, despite missing out on recent games.
By Paulo Freitas
Last Updated: 18/11/13 8:04pm
The 33-year-old has been omitted by manager Luiz Felipe Scolari since April's 2-2 friendly draw with Chile, despite working his way back into the national side at the start of the year.
Ronaldinho has been capped 97 times for his country and, although he missed out on the friendly double-header against Honduras and Chile, he says that being included for the World Cup is still something that he is working towards.
"I have not given up on the Brazil squad but I honestly don't make plans, I live in the present," he told Globo Esporte.
"I fight for the Brazilian league title, then the Club World Cup, I am not thinking about next year.
"My goal is to advance step by step, do my best, have a great Club World Cup and then let's see."
The two-time FIFA World Player of the Year winner also spoke about missing this summer's Confederations Cup squad, saying that he understood Scolari's choice to leave him out.
"It was his decision; he made his choice and won a very important competition," he said.
"I was Brazil's number one supporter because Scolari is a great friend and a great manager. I am very happy at Atletico Mineiro, doing my job."