6 Aug 2008

Ronaldinho rates Games gold on a par with winning World Cup

3:24 pm on 6 August 2008

The football superstar Ronaldinho has compared winning an Olympic gold medal with winning the World Cup, as he vows to create history for Brazil by claiming the title for the first time.

The 28-year-old is one of coach Dunga's over-age players for the Olympics after his new club AC Milan gave the go-ahead for him to take part.

The two-time World Player of the Year says he's feeling fit and finding his best form.

Despite winning five World Cups Brazil have been found wanting when it comes to the under 23 Olympic tournaments with runner-up finishes in 1984 and 1988 and a bronze medal in 1996.

Brazil open their Olympic campaign tomorrow against Belgium. New Zealand and China are also in their pool.