Ronaldinho sad to see Seaman in tears
World Cup in brief
Tuesday 25 June 2002
* Brazil's Ronaldinho says he was saddened to see David Seaman in tears after England's World Cup quarter-final defeat and hopes his winning goal would not damage the England goalkeeper's reputation. Seaman was pictured weeping after the 2-1 defeat last Friday, blaming himself for conceding Ronaldinho's goal from a long-range free-kick. "I really was very sad when I saw those images of Seaman crying on the television," said Ronaldinho. "I have been a great admirer of him for a long time. He is a great player with a great past. It would be a terrible mistake if people changed their thoughts about him because of one isolated moment like that. My intention was never to hurt him. I don't think he could have done anything about the goal anyway. It wasn't a mistake and no one should blame him."
* The Argentina international Ariel Ortega has joined the Turkish side Fenerbahce for £3.3m. The 28-year-old midfielder yesterday signed a four-year contract.
* The France striker Christophe Dugarry has confirmed his retirement from international football. The Bordeaux player said: "I will not regret my decision because I am tired and have fought so much. I cannot see myself going back into a new campaign with qualifying matches which are not particularly interesting. I don't think I would have enough motivation to be able to do that."
* The Spanish midfielder Luis Enrique said that he will not play for the Spanish national side again. The 32-year-old Barcelona player, who has 62 caps, said: "I believe that I've got two years left at the top level. I want to concentrate on my club. I'll be able to take advantage when Spain has a game and gather my strength so I can give my all for Barcelona."
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