Ronaldinho Reveals Truth About Relationship With Messi
Ronaldinho Reveals Truth About Relationship With Lionel Messi
Many people have claimed that Ronaldinho was not a good role model for superstar Lionel Messi at FC Barcelona, but the Brazilian has now explained how his relationship with the Argentine really was.
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The retired footballer explained why he left Barca for AC Milan in 2008, before insisting that he did not leave the Catalan club because he was a bad influence on the then young Messi.
"It was easy - it was time to go. I wanted to follow in the footsteps of (Frank) Rijkaard, who was my coach and said great things about Milan," he told FourFourTwo.
"I had other options, but I wanted to play for Milan. As for that stuff about Messi, it's not true; you shouldn't always believe what you read.
"I always tried to be a good influence on him and actually try to do for him what Ronaldo did for me.
"I felt embraced by Ronaldo (for Brazil) and I wanted Leo to have the same.
"Messi was always very shy, but always a fantastic player. We lived on the same street, so I had a great relationship with him and his family.
"Even then I knew he was a better player than me."
Ronaldinho left the club in the season that Pep Guardiola took charge at Barca, following a campaign in which he lost his place in the first team.
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