Former Brazil and Barcelona superstar Ronaldinho has today opened up on the possibility of Lionel Messi departing the Camp Nou, revealing that he would support his ‘close friend’ if he did choose to move on.
Ronaldinho and Messi spent 4 seasons together in Barca’s first-team, lining out for the Catalan giants from 2004 to 2008.
The pair have long been considered to be two of the finest footballers to ever grace the pitch, with Messi having taken up the attacking reigns from Ronaldinho in Catalonia upon the latter’s departure for AC Milan in the summer of 2008.
And the Argentine has not exactly disappointed since, having racked up 5 Ballon’s D’Or, 6 La Liga titles, 5 Copa Del Reys and 3 Champions Leagues in the years that have followed.
14 YEARS AGO TODAY: Lionel Messi made his @FCBarcelona debut.
⚽️ 523 Goals
✅ 425 Wins
5 Ballon d’Or
4 Golden Boots
— SPORF (@Sporf) November 16, 2017
Somewhat surprisingly, however, Messi was heavily linked with a departure of his own from the Camp Nou during the summer, with the likes of PSG, Manchester City and Manchester United touted as potential destinations for the 30-year-old.
The duo of President Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sporting Director Robert Fernandez have long proven hugely unpopular characters among Barcelona fans and players alike, with their presence at the club having been the main reason behind Messi’s exit links.
In the end, the Argentine superstar stayed put, though, and has already racked up 15 goals and 4 assists between La Liga and the Champions League this season.
‘Cheer for his happiness’
Ronaldinho was questioned on the possibility of Messi leaving Catalonia for pastures new over the coming seasons during an interview with Goal.com earlier today, revealing that he would in fact support the decision of his fellow South American if he did decide to move on, but that he would obviously prefer for him to remain at the Camp Nou:
— Goal (@goal) November 16, 2017