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Ronaldinho Reveals Truth About Relationship With Messi

Ronaldinho Reveals Truth About Relationship With Lionel Messi

By Kurt Buckerfield - Mar 27, 2018 04:04 PM @KurtLaduma

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.

Click through the mini-gallery to see Messi and Ronaldinho together during their time at Barca! 

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: Why I Snubbed Man Utd

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.

Do you think Messi would be the player he is today if Ronaldinho stayed at the club for longer? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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Mentashe Joined: 21 Dec 2015
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Mentashe Mar 29, 2018 02:05 PM
NOTHING WAS GOING TO CHANGE, MESSI IS JUST AN ALIEN.
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connaissance09 Mar 28, 2018 11:43 AM
I knew that he was better than me very true. he is far better than you. but you are also one of the best
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CECIL M Mar 28, 2018 11:18 AM
the best
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KhothaKhosi Mar 28, 2018 10:24 AM
A great legend, a true football entertainer, Ronaldinho. Loved and respected by all around world football irrespective of which team one supported. We will never forget your skills and smile during all those years. Speaks like a leader indeed, humble beyond words.
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45calibre Mar 28, 2018 09:42 AM
Ronaldinho is from planet mars not earth
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Mbusi Ndlovu Mar 28, 2018 01:00 AM
@Miles89 I agree with you on this one 100%
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Mbusi Ndlovu Mar 28, 2018 12:57 AM
Won't comments on this cause i didn't hear Ronaldhino say those words (NO COMMENTS THERE)
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Thobz10 Mar 27, 2018 09:37 PM
"This award says I’m the best player in the world, but I’m not even the best player at Barcelona," this is what Ronaldinho said after he won balon d'or back in 2006. Ronaldinho knew Messi was something else from back then. Even Fabio Cappelo back in 2004.
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Miles89 Mar 27, 2018 08:53 PM
Nahhhh...Messi is not better than you Dinho, only achieved more. That is what football has become now, more competitive than it were in your time. What a humble soul you are though.
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BucsnDownsAngibafuni Mar 27, 2018 06:32 PM
king Dihnooo
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Ricworld Mar 27, 2018 06:27 PM
Come on coweditor! Ronaldinho answered your question that he knew Messi was a better player than him.
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Mar 27, 2018 04:30 PM
Even tho u lways knew he was a better player than u akere

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