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'Surprising to see Lionel Messi in a shirt that Isn't Barcelona's' - Ronaldinho

Arjun Singh Devgan
Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi were team-mates at Barcelona for a period of time
Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi were team-mates at Barcelona for a period of time / Denis Doyle/GettyImages

Brazil and Barcelona legend, Ronaldinho has opened up on former team-mate and footballing superstar, Lionel Messi - revealing that it was a surprise to him to see the Argentinian play for another club.

Ronaldinho is one of the most well loved footballers in the history of the sport, with the Brazilian dominating football like no other for a period between 2004-2006. He completely revitalised the fortunes of a then struggling Barcelona, helping the club win two LaLiga titles and the 2006 Champions League honour.

Messi was part of the 2006 squad, and while he was injured for the final, Ronaldinho played an integral role in helping him adjust to the first-team and prepare him for a life in the spotlight.

“When I arrived at Barcelona there was already talk of this fantastic young man, Messi. And then, when we trained together, I saw his quality. In each game and training session we saw he was different. It was a pleasure watching him do it, and he became a true friend to me," he said as quoted by Diario AS.

“I’m very happy to now see him at the club I started with in Europe, although it’s not something I thought would happen. I was sure he was going to finish his career at Barcelona. For me, it was a surprise. I like PSG, but it was a surprise because I never thought I would see him in shirt that wasn’t Barcelona’s.”

After leaving Barcelona in 2008, Ronaldinho had spells with AC Milan and a number of Brazilian clubs, post which he retired from the sport in 2018.