Big Phil Scolari has named his Brazil squad for the Confederations Cup, but the name on everyone’s lips isn’t even there.
Probably the in-form Brazilian player right now, Ronaldinho Gaucho, has been left out to general surprise.
Just last week, Ronaldinho guided Atletico Mineiro to the quarter finals of the Copa Libertadores with a match-winning, goal-scoring virtuouso performance, and his Brasileirao form has been generally of the same level.
The surprise is doubled given that Big Phil seemed set to count on Ronaldinho since returning as Brazil manager, though in mitigation it must be said that Dinho has failed to reproduce his club form when called upon for Brazil in recent times (notably against England, when he was subbed at half-time).
The other notable absentee is Kaka’, though more for his symbolic status than for his current form.
The full Brazil squad for the Confederations Cup is below, with a clip highlighting Ronaldinho’s awesome recent form for Atletico Mineiro.
Goalkeepers: Júlio César (Queens Park Rangers), Diego Cavalieri (Fluminense), Jefferson (Botafogo)
Defenders: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Jean (Fluminense), Filipe Luís (Atlético de Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), David Luiz (Chelsea), Réver (Atlético Mineiro), Dante (Bayern Munich), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain)
Midfielders: Paulinho (Corinthians), Fernando (Grêmio), Luiz Gustavo (Bayern Munich), Hernanes (Lazio), Oscar (Chelsea), Lucas Moura (Paris Saint-Germain), Jadson (São Paulo)
Forwards: Neymar (Santos), Fred (Fluminense), Hulk (Zenit), Leandro Damião (Internacional), Bernard (Atlético Mineiro).