Pep Guardiola’s cruel call on the Barcelona legend Changed Everything, Finally Leo Messi reunites with Ronaldinho.
Written by Balagadde RAMOS on October 21, 2021
Before Paris Saint-Champions Germain’s League encounter on Tuesday evening, Lionel Messi was reunited with his old Barcelona teammate and close friend Ronaldinho. Prior to PSG’s crucial group encounter against RB Leipzig, Ronaldinho was among the VIPs in attendance at the Parc des Princes.
Prior to a move to the Camp Nou in 2003, the former playmaker rose to prominence in European football for his brilliant performances for the French club.
Over a five-season period, Ronaldinho appeared 207 times for Barcelona, scoring 94 goals and assisting them to La Liga crowns in 2005 and 2006.
The Brazilian became known as one of the finest players to ever wear the Blaugrana shirt, winning the Ballon d’Or in 2005 and leading Barcelona to the Champions League title the following year.
Messi was entering into the first-team ranks at Barcelona at the time, having made his debut in October 2004 and quickly establishing himself as an extraordinary prospect at the club.
At the time, Ronaldinho acted almost like a big brother to a young Messi, despite the Brazilian’s growing reputation for reveling in the city’s nightlife.
During this period, Messi was frequently seen on evenings out in the Catalan city with Ronaldinho and Deco, a Brazilian-born Portuguese playmaker.
When Pep Guardiola took over as Barca manager in 2008, one of his first moves was to sell both Deco and Ronaldinho, the latter of whom went to Italian giant Milan.
This was interpreted as an attempt to protect Messi and the Blaugrana’s younger players, as well as to bring a more focused and professional dressing room to the club.
“Ronaldinho and Deco arrived to training inebriated,” Alexander Hleb, who joined Barca in 2008, told V OKA TV, according to Goal.
“It was for this reason that Ronaldinho and Deco were sold in 2008.” Because they were frightened of bringing Lionel Messi down.
Ronaldinho’s brother and agent, Roberto de Assis, later denied this version of events in an interview with UOL Esporte, claiming that his brother’s sale was ‘political’ due to the presidential elections at Barca.
“Guardiola called us to chat,” he stated. My brother refused to stay since he wanted to leave.
“I don’t believe he needed to leave Barcelona and could have stayed,” says the author. However, we had to go through a tumultuous presidential election, and he chose to depart.