Yet the striker with dazzling footwork was absent when Brazil coach Dunga announced his 23-man roster for next month's World Cup. The only way Ronaldinho will get to South Africa is if someone gets hurt.
He won't be the only big name missing from the World Cup, either. Whether because of injury, retirement, failure to qualify or a flat-out snub, here are six more who will be on the sidelines. Among the others: