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Ronaldinho ready to sacrifice for Brazil

"I have to give up my style so that the group as a whole gets strong," he said.Schedule | Teams | Results | Photos | Games

india Updated: Jun 22, 2006 14:23 IST

Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho has said that he may appear to have less of a central role for Brazil than for Barcelona, but explained that the team's overall shape and form was paramount.

"It's clear in my mind that I have a different function with Brazil, which is to get the team into a rhythm. For that I have to renounce my own style of play so that the group as a whole is strong and wins," he said.

Ronaldinho has, like teammate Ronaldo, not quite found his form. "My role for Brazil is a bit different from the role I play for Barcelona as here I operate more in the midfield."

With Barca he can float more freely as the club can share out creative responsibilities between him, Portuguese international Deco and Argentine starlet Lionel Messi, as well as Frenchman Ludovic Giuly - with Ronaldinho often getting further into the attack to help Samuel Eto'o.

With Brazil, he has to do more of the legwork to act as a provider for Ronaldo and Adriano.

"We all want to help each other out in the (Brazil) squad and so we shun trying to stand out more than the others to aid the solidity of the team," Ronaldinho explained.