Carlos Alberto Parreira: Kaká and Ronaldinho still have a chance to make World Cup
Although the duo were left out of the Brazil squad for Wednesday night's international friendly against South Africa, Brazil’s technical director insists that they have not been ruled out of contention for the forthcoming World Cup.
"There is no doubt that they have rightly been immortalised among the legendary and most charismatic of Brazil's players and there is no doubting their unique talents," said Carlos Alberto Parreira on Tuesday.
"At the same time, when the world cup squad is finalised we will have to weigh up Kaká and Ronaldinho's capabilities of the present – and not the past – and what kind of contribution they can make to the overall bid for another world cup title."
"In this context, I can confirm they have not been ruled out of world cup selection, in spite of not being called up to play in South Africa."
"Remember there are 19 players in the Brazil squad in South Africa and 23 are nominated for the world cup. So there are four more places to fill. "
"Some players, of course, are near-certainties, but for others their form in the next two months will be critical."
"I think you can place Kaká and Ronaldinho in this category. They have both had problems in recent years, notably the spate of injuries Kaka suffered while playing for Real Madrid."
"But in the last six months, there have been signs of a revival in form."