Ronaldinho will join the Brazilian Olympic team whether Barcelona like it or not.
It was reported this weekend that Ronaldinho has made plans to stay in Porto Alegre, Brazil to train for the Olympics until the team departs for Beijing. He will reportedly break his contract with FC Barcelona and miss the Catalan club's first training session for the 08-09 season on Monday.
Having recently been chosen to join the Brazilian Olympic squad for the 2008 Summer Olympics, Barcelona's new manager refused to release the two time FIFA World Player of the Year. While the Olympics are not, and have never been on the FIFA calendar, a club will usually release any player for international competition if the player wishes.
Ronaldinho has not been on the field with Barcelona for some time after coming down with an injury during the last season with the squad. He has been in transfer negotiations for some time now looking for a new home.
It looks as though he will end up at the San Siro, although Manchester City have been high on the list of interest as well.
An extremely talented group has been selected by Dunga for the 2008 Olympics and it seems that the Brazilian head coach is looking to bring home the gold for the first time. Joined by Robinho, Ronaldinho will surely make an impact in Beijing this summer.
Chances are that Ronaldinho will be with AC Milan before breaking his contract, but I am glad to see the 28 year old World Cup champion taking a stance to represent his country.
Vamos la Gaucho.