Ronaldinho: “I didn’t change the history of Barcelona”

first_imgRonaldo de Assis Moreira ‘Ronaldinho’, the striker who gave impetus to the Barcelona of Frank Rijkaard and Joan Laporta, says it is “a pride” to hear that Barça’s history changed, but does not agree: “It was not me, it was a group of players who were going through a great moment. ” In an interview published in the January issue of the magazine ‘Panenka’, Ronaldinho recalls that in Barcelona “everything was very nice” from day one, from the first game. “It was more than special,” he said. He said that it is not only in Barcelona where he has been happy, but that he has generally been “playing football”. As for Leo Messi, Ronaldinho recalls that when he arrived at Barça “there was already talk of a child” who stood out among the little ones. “Then we were friends, we started playing together and we got along very well. He came to be different from everyone else, and we talked with Rijkaard to come and train with usIt was all very fast. I was lucky to give him the pass of his first goal. Over time, it is very nice to see someone who starts and then conquers the world so close, “he recalls. Ronaldinho comments that Messi did not leave him any particular teaching. “We were always very friends, we learned things from day to day, he taught me Spanish and I Portuguese, but with the ball we understood each other perfectly. I would stay with how calm he is. That is something I love about him, I never know he gets in trouble, he is always with his family and the closest ones, “he says. Asked about what quality Messi could stay with Ronaldinho if he could, the Brazilian says: “Leo has it all, he doesn’t need anything from me.” He has such a good memory of his past in Barcelona, ​​that it is “impossible” to keep one. “From the first game it was all joy, there are many memories. I think I have arrived with thousands of people waiting for me at the stadium, to be received is how to get home,” he admits. He has praise for Frank Rijkaard, his coach at Barça. “He is a great coach, a very quiet guy, the best I have worked with. He knew everything because he played at the best level, and that made things very easy for us. Everything he asked us he had already lived before that spoke to us in a very simple and direct way, “he insists. Ronaldinho comments that the Dutchman gave him “a lot of freedom” to do his football, despite the tactical demands.“After all, when we didn’t have the ball, we also had to fulfill our obligations. But when we did, it made me feel completely free,” he insisted. That is why he has no doubt in admitting that Barça football is the one that best fit his playing style, because “having the ball” is a characteristic of Barça’s game. “Everything that is done is with a ball. When you train in this way, then everything goes well.” Then he went through Milan, a “wonderful” team with Kaka, Pirlo, Beckham, Seedorf, Ibra, Thiago Silva, Gattuso, Maldini. “It was like arriving at a selection of the best in the world, such as the Madrid of the Galactic,” he argues. And he finished his career in Brazil, where he won the Libertadores with Atlético Mineiro. “It was very nice that return to my country. I really wanted to because I had left very young and I needed to win the Libertadores and be able to participate in other competitions. I also wanted to return physically well to compete at a high level.”last_img

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