Brazilian legend Ronaldinho said he could see Lionel Messi was getting to become a star from the beginning after reminiscing about their spell together at Barcelona .
Ronaldinho, who was one among the foremost talented players of his generation, played for Barcelona between 2003-2008, while Messi’s introduction for the senior team came within the 2004-2005 season,
The two South Americans went on to make a lethal partnership until Ronaldinho departed for AC Milan, and chatting with Panenka magazine the 2002 World Cup winner said the 2 quickly formed a bond.
“When I received Barcelona, there was already talk about a child who stood out,” Ronaldinho said.
“Then we were friends; we started playing together and got on alright . He arrived being different to all or any the others, and that we spoke with [Frank] Rijkaard in order that he came to coach with us – it had been all in no time .”
“I was lucky enough to offer him the pass for his first goal. Over time, it’s extremely nice to ascertain someone who starts out so on the brink of you then conquers the planet .”
Ronaldinho said their chemistry on the pitch grew over time, and praised the six-time Ballon d’Or winner for his calmness.
“We were always very close,” he continued. “We learned things, he taught me Spanish and that i taught him Portuguese, but with the ball we understood one another perfectly.
“I’d be left amazed by how calm he’s . That’s something i really like about him; he never gets into trouble, he’s always together with his family and people closest to him. Leo has everything, he didn’t need anything from me.”
Messi’s Barcelona are currently top of los angeles Liga on goal difference, although they recently replaced their manager Ernesto Valverde with former Real Betis boss Quique Setien .
They host Granada on Sunday, where Messi are going to be looking to feature to his 13 goals and 6 assists from 14 La Liga games thus far this season.
Source : mirror.co.uk