Barcelona sold ‘drunk’ Ronaldinho to protect Leo Messi, says Alexander Hleb

Alexander Hleb & Barcelona

Now 38, Alexander Hleb, who played for BATE Borisov last season, has reminisced about his days at Barcelona to V OKA TV.

Hleb joined the Catalans in 2008 from Arsenal, in a 15 million euro deal.

During four seasons on the books of Barcelona, Hleb only made 36 appearances, failing to score a single goal.

The Belarusian was loaned out to Stuttgart, Birmingham and Wolfsburg, before Hleb left Barcelona to join Krylia Sovetov Samara.

Barcelona sold ‘drunk’ Ronaldinho to protect Leo Messi

During his interview, Hleb claimed that Brazilian icon Ronaldinho used to turn up for training drunk.

Portuguese midfielder Deco would also arrive to work drunk. Hleb told V OKA TV:

Ronaldinho and Deco turned up drunk to train.

That’s why Ronaldinho and Deco were sold in 2008. Because they were afraid that they would bring down Lionel Messi.

This isn’t the first time Ronaldinho has been accused of being drunk during his career

American reporter Dave Martinez, who has written for the Guardian, previously relayed a story about why Ronaldinho never joined the New York Red Bulls.

Apparently, when the NYRB spoke to Ronaldinho on the phone about moving to America, the Brazilian was “drunk”.

Instantly, the MLS franchise withdrew interest in a possible deal.

What Wojciech Szczesny said about Alexander Hleb

Polish goalie Wojciech Szczesny has previously accused Alexander Hleb of liking alcohol a little too much:

Hleb could have achieved more in football. He still had a great career but he liked to drink.

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