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Guardiola: Nobody In The World Like Ronaldinho Until Messi

Pep Guardiola: Nobody In The World Like Ronaldinho Until Lionel Messi

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jan 22, 2018 05:45 PM @KurtLaduma

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has paid tribute to the recently retired Ronaldinho, saying he had not seen the kind of magic he produced until Lionel Messi burst on to the scene.

Ronaldinho Retires From Football

The Brazilian received many farewell messages and tributes following his retirement announcement last week, and Guardiola has now reserved some kind words for the former FC Barcelona star.

The Spanish tactician, who made the decision to sell Ronaldinho when he took over the Catalan club's hot seat in 2008, said he had not seen a player like the Selecao legend until Messi arrived on the scene.

"When Joan Laporta became the president of Barcelona he made a big impact, and when he signed Ronaldinho he was the biggest influence on the pitch for Barcelona," Guardiola said, according to FourFourTwo.

"It helped to recover the self-esteem in that club after some really low years.

"Between Joan Laporta as president and Ronaldinho on the pitch, they helped to turn around the situation at the club.

"He had fantastic years at Barcelona – he won leagues and the Champions League.

"He was a player at another level. Until Messi arrived, honestly, I had never seen anything like that before.

"I wish him all the best for the future. He had an amazing impact, not only at Barcelona, but in the world of football.

"He had a big, big impact."

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Ronaldinho won every trophy possible during his fine career, including the UEFA Champions League, the LaLiga title, the FIFA World Cup and the Copa America.

Do you agree with Guardiola's comments on Ronaldinho? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Lenyora-1937 Joined: 29 Dec 2017
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Lenyora-1937 Jan 27, 2018 10:35 PM
I for one believe Jay Jay Okocha was the best dribbler. The fact that he won little with small teams takes nothing from his personal greatness. Same with Messi.
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Lenyora-1937 Jan 27, 2018 10:33 PM
@Payi117 He delivers. It is amazing how people expect 1 man to do the work of 11. He has won matches and trophies with the national team. Besides, players like Eusebio & Cruyff are among the greatest to have ever played but never won the WC, so why single out Messi?
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mbongenin Jan 23, 2018 08:14 PM
Obvious you never witness Zidane playing that was magic not messi
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Evergreenmessi Jan 23, 2018 01:20 PM
@Payi117 he meant ronaldinho was the best player in the world he didn't prefare anyone until Messi arrived learn to read careful before make judgements he was prepared to work with ronaldinho /use him as his Keyman no player in the world was better to replace Ronaldinho until Messi emerged
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Payi117 Jan 23, 2018 07:36 AM
Fo Barcelona not in the world, Guardiola thinks he knows football than anyone. Messi is just a player who is marked by like a glass that's why he is not delivering at national colours, let's look at Uefa now.
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catalan10messi Jan 23, 2018 06:25 AM
@Nick#10 lol yeah ur rite
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catalan10messi Jan 23, 2018 06:24 AM
@Nick#10 lol yeah ur rite
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rowellnzama@gmail.com Jan 23, 2018 05:45 AM
Some people when they comment it like they fail to read English. Why put Zidane on a Barcelona story. Dihno was the best in Barcelona on his time until Messi comes on a picture.
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sguqah@gmail.com Jan 23, 2018 03:40 AM
100% true Pep G
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Nick#10 Jan 22, 2018 07:56 PM
This article has helped alot of Penaldo babies atleast now they can compare someone better then their cow to Messi
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Nick#10 Jan 22, 2018 07:53 PM
@old dog when u prefer someone over someone its not hate it's preference u can't expect a top coach like pep to prefer a cow like Penaldo
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Qhaf-Qhaf Jan 22, 2018 07:45 PM
@old dog Messi won his fifth balloon d'or before Penaldo won his third son .
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Evergreenmessi Jan 22, 2018 07:25 PM
@old dog that person referring to Barcelona you so hating you can't even read and reason come on idiot
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old dog Jan 22, 2018 07:21 PM
I know he won't mention the 5time ballon d'or (Cr7) coz of hate. Didn't the king change anything at Madrid? So if someone changed things at his club (which isn't barca) it doesn't count for pep stores!
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old dog Jan 22, 2018 07:15 PM
Pep stores never watched zinedine zidane playing ne? All he saw is barca players only
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Rambo kingdom commando 22 Jan 22, 2018 06:53 PM
Ronaldinho all the time
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Pep G junior Jan 22, 2018 06:43 PM
Messi is the naturally gifted that we accept hez on his level consistently. Dinho is an all time magician
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wash & wear Jan 22, 2018 06:29 PM
Ur masesi is nothing to king of football ronaldinhoooooo
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sipho mathonsi Jan 22, 2018 06:27 PM
Messi will never be futbal magician all of his career, he will never be ronaldinho, no player in the world will ever be like ronaldinho until Jesus comes back. Ronaldinho was something else
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Jan 22, 2018 05:55 PM
zlatan is the best player of all times eg he dd well at AC Milan,Inter Milan,Juventus,Ajax amsterdam,PSG and now under mourinho,dat boy pep is jealous he tryd by all means to destroyd zlatan wthout success,he destroyd samuel etoe-oo,keita and yaya troare so pls tell us abt mourinho's opinion not a devil

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