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Ronaldinho tired after long season with Barca

After winning the Spanish and Euro titles in a rigorous season with FC Barca, the star midfielder readies for World Cup.

india Updated: May 26, 2006 16:20 IST

Ronaldinho said on Wednesday that he has arrived for Brazil's pre-World Cup preparation 'feeling a bit tired.'

Ronaldinho won the Spanish title and Champions League in a long, tough season with FC Barcelona.

"It was already expected for me to arrive feeling a bit tired," Ronaldinho said. "It's normal because of the season I had with Barcelona."

The two-time FIFA World Player of the Year believes, however, there's enough time to find his best condition and be ready for Brazil's tournament opener against Croatia on June 13.

Brazilian team doctors said that Ronaldinho is one of the players who may be rested in some training sessions before the month long competition in Germany.

He participated in the team's first day of practice at the lakeside resort town of Weggis, where Brazil is based until moving to Germany in early June to defend its title.

He skipped some physical drills in the morning only to conduct prearranged physical examinations, along with other seven players at a clinic in nearby Weggis.

Ronaldinho said he is already focused on the World Cup. "Things are different in the national team, but I hope to continue playing well during the World Cup too," he said.

Ronaldinho is playing in his second World Cup. He helped Brazil win its fifth title in 2002 in South Korea and Japan.

Ronaldinho and Brazil will spend two weeks in the small town of Weggis, where a 5,000-seat arena and several other facilities were built exclusively to accommodate the national team.

The town is home to only about 4,000 people, but several thousand fans have flocked to the region to watch the Brazilian stars.

First Published: May 25, 2006 12:41 IST