Be Careful What You Wish For!

Richard MesquitaContributor IJuly 29, 2009

CARSON, CA - JULY 19:  Ronaldinho #80 of AC Milan controls the ball during the friendly soccer match against Los Angeles Galaxy at The Home Depot Center on July 19, 2009 in Carson, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Everyone is familiar with the saying: “Be careful what you wish for you just might get it”. Well Ronaldinho Gaucho’s fans you are going to get exactly what you wished for.

Last season many complained of Ronaldinho’s lack of playing time (myself included), wondering why Ancelotti kept opting to keep Seedorf on the pitch instead of Ronaldinho. While I appreciate Seedorf’s physical style, his conditioning as an athlete, he will never be the game changing player that Ronaldinho is.

With Kaka’s departure to Real Madrid, that opens the way for a new leader in Milan, for someone to change the pace, direction, feel of the game. That important job filled so well by Kaka, has now been passed on to Ronaldinho.

New head coach Leonardo is looking for Ronaldinho to once again show the world why he was chosen two years in a row as FIFA’s best player. In hopes of getting him in top shape there were even rumors that he is on a special diet hoping that he will be able to drop 4 kilos by the beginning of the season.

Can he lead The Rossoneri to a new title? Only time will tell. Using the pre-season games as an indicator, it won’t be for a lack of playing time. He definately showed some signs of improvement, but make no mistake it will be an uphill battle for this Maestro!

Maybe having the World Cup just around the corner will serve as an incentive for him to dig deep down and find the joy he once had for the game just as Ronaldo (not C. Ronaldo…the real one!) has done now playing for Corinthians in Brazil. Once again the saying proves true…”Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it!” but as a Ronaldinho fan it could not have come any sooner.