Ronaldinho has pleaded with AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti for a first team recall. He said: "I have been training all week with the intensity, desire and intention of playing in this game against Napoli."

Ronaldinho believes Milan's trip to Napoli is the perfect opportunity to re-establish himself as a key player in the starting XI.

The 28-year-old Brazilian is excited about playing at the San Paolo, the stadium where Diego Maradona cemented his reputation.

"It's the stadium of my great idol, Maradona," Ronaldinho enthused. "He was the idol of all my family when I was a child.

"Our house was draped in posters and photos of him. My brother Roberto was his biggest fan," he concluded.