Ronaldinho heads top Brazilian team to Hong Kong

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 January, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 24 January, 2005, 12:00am

FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldinho, of Spanish giants Barcelona, heads a stellar cast of 22 Brazilians named for the Lunar New Year's Day clash with the Hong Kong national team.

Included in the squad are Real Madrid teammates Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos, Cafu, Roque Junior, Lucio and Belletti. AC Milan's Adriano, midfielder Ze Roberto of Bayern Munich and new star Alex will also make the trip to Hong Kong.

Twenty players are from European clubs, while Robinho and Elano, of Brazilian champions Santos, complete the lineup.

The visit of the five-time world champions is being heralded as the biggest collection of superstars ever to appear in the SAR.

The Brazilian Soccer Confederation will reportedly receive US$1 million for the match at Hong Kong Stadium on February 9. Tickets will go on sale at the end of this month and are expected to range from $150 for students, to $1,500 for the best seats.