Coach Dunga also ignores AC Milan striker Pato, who is replaced by Grafite
Ronaldinho (left) and Adriano have been left out of Brazil coach Dunga's 23-man squad for the World Cup. [Agencies]
RIO DE JANEIRO - There was no place for Ronaldinho or Adriano in Brazil coach Dunga's 23-man squad for the World Cup, which was announced on Tuesday, though, Ronaldinho still has a slight hope as he was named on a seven-player reserve list.
Both players have fallen out of favor during Dunga's reign and were not expected to be selected for the June 11-July 11 tournament in South Africa.
The 30-year-old Ronaldinho, part of the 2002 World Cup-winning team, made his last appearance for Brazil in April 2009 while Dunga had expressed concern over Adriano's fitness.
"We did all we could to get him (Adriano) to full fitness but in the end we had to make a decision," said Dunga.
Ronaldinho's AC Milan teammate Alexandre Pato was also overlooked, with Wolfsburg striker Grafite taking the fourth forward berth alongside Robinho, Luis Fabiano and Nilmar.
"The players who I have called up enjoy my complete confidence," said Dunga, who is seeking to emulate Franz Beckenbauer and Mario Zagallo in winning the World Cup both as a player and a coach.
"Unfortunately I was only able to select 23 players.
"I judged them on their commitment, attitude and the ability of the players to assume responsibility and at the same time inject passion into their performances."
Brazil, five-time World Cup winners, have been drawn in Group G alongside Cote d'Ivoire, Portugal and North Korea.