Ronaldinho’s bizarre new Olympic dream

Ex-Barcelona forward Ronaldinho has thrown his weight behind the launch of Teqball, claiming it could offer him another shot at Olympic gold.

The two-time World Player of the Year attended an event in Hungary on Tuesday to promote the launch of a new sport - which is played on something resembling a curved table tennis table.

Given that competitors are required to use their feet rather than their hands, there are obvious skills which can be transferred from the football field.

Technical ability and concentration are considered to be key attributes for top Teqball players, which suggests that it should be right up Ronaldinho’s street.

The former Brazil playmaker is impressed by what he has seen so far and believes it could present him with a route back into the international sporting arena - while allowing him to seek an upgrade on the bronze medal he won at the Beijing Games back in 2008.

"Everyone, who loves football and the technical aspect of it will love this game. It helps to improve your technique,” Ronaldinho told reporters at the Teqball promotional event in Budapest, Hungary.

Ronaldinho was also asked where he considers himself to sit among the all-time greats of Brazilian football.

He humbly steered around the question by suggesting that have been plenty of players better than him down the years, but did admit to placing Pele at the very top of the list.