The attacking duo played together for four years for FC Barcelona.
It is not a hidden fact that Lionel Messi learned a lot from Ronaldinho during his early years in FC Barcelona. And now Ronaldinho insists that Messi had everything he needed and there was nothing he could have offered to Argentina international.
Ronaldinho joined the Catalan club in 2003 and Messi came in the first through the La Masia set-up in 2004. By the time, the Brazilian winger was a superstar who had won the FIFA World Cup in 2002.
But when Ronaldinho did arrive at Camp Nou, Lionel Messi was a known talent. He said to Panenka Magazine(h/t Marca), “When I arrived at Barcelona, there was already talk of a kid who stood out.”
Talking more about the bond the attacking players shared, Ronaldinho said, “Then we were friends; we started playing together and we got on very well. He arrived being different to all the others, and we spoke with [Frank] Rijkaard so that he came to train with us – it was all very fast.”
“I was lucky enough to give him the pass for his first goal. Over time, it’s very nice to see someone who starts out so close [to you] and then conquers the world.”
“We were always very close. We learned things, he taught me Spanish and I taught him Portuguese, but with the ball we understood each other perfectly.”
“I’d be left amazed by how calm he is. That’s something I love about him; he never gets into trouble, he’s always with his family and those closest to him.
“Leo has everything, he didn’t need anything from me.”
Ronaldinho also on the reception he received from the FC Barcelona fans during his five years in Spain.
“From the first game, it was all a joy,” he stated.
“There are a lot of memories.
“I think I arrived with thousands of people waiting for me in the stadium.”