Brazil striker Ronaldo said on Wednesday
that his place in the world champions' team was no longer guaranteed but
stood by his decision to skip the Confederations Cup.
Ronaldo missed the two-week tournament in Germany after saying he needed
a rest and his replacement Adriano took full advantage by finishing as
topscorer with five goals.
Adriano's tally included two in Wednesday's final as Brazil beat
"(Coach Carlos Alberto) Parreira said that my place is guaranteed, but I
don't think it works that way," Ronaldo told reporters.
"I know that if I don't score goals, he won't pick me."
Ronaldo insisted on sitting out the Confederations Cup despite warnings
from Parreira that he would not accept fatigue as an excuse.
Parreira eventually accepted Ronaldo's arguments but also dropped him
from two World Cup qualifiers in early June in which Ronaldo had wanted
"I did what I thought was right, which was to have a holiday," said
"I wanted to give priority to preparing for the World Cup next year," he
"I want to prepare very well so I get to the end of the season without
any physical problems. I want it to be the year of my life."