In the interview with Mundo Deportivo, ronaldinho reflects on some proper names that he knows well as Leo Messi, decor, neymar, Joan Laporta, Sandro Rossell and emerging talents like pedri, Ansu Fati Y raphinhaLeeds United winger and Barça target.
At that time I had Deco as a partner and with him they sponsored Messi. Now Leo is no longer at Barcelona. What do you think about this Barça-Messi marriage that seemed like it was never going to break?
A surprise, not only for me but for everyone. I had never imagined seeing him in another shirt but these are things that happen and for me the important thing is that if he is happy, it doesn’t matter where he is. For me that is what matters.
Have you discussed with Leo your departure from Barça?
We have talked, we were together in Paris, but that’s life, there are surprises, things that happen and as I said before the most important thing is to see him happy.
Another who ended up at Paris Saint-Germain is Neymar, who also played for Barça. How do you see his trajectory?
Ney is a phenomenon, a star, the biggest idol in our country and there is not much to say. If I start talking about him good things I’m going to do it for a long time.
Now Joan Laporta, the president who signed him, has returned to Barça. How has he experienced it?
I think it’s nice, they are people who have made history within a club and who come back trying to make history again and I think this is the way.
Another important person in his career, Sandro Rosell, has returned to the forefront of today after overcoming difficult times and may even aspire to be mayor of Barcelona. What do you think? He was one of the architects of his signing.
Sandro is an amazing person. We have been friends for so many years… and I think that everything that has happened to him has made him even stronger and he comes with many things to help many people. He was always like that, wanting to help others. So I think for him, the higher the position he’s in, the more people he’s going to help. I think he can go anywhere.
Deco is in the world of representation and is helping Barça. Do you have contact with him?
Yes, Deco is my brother and I am very happy for him because outside of football he was always an incredible man, very intelligent and now he is following other paths and doing very well.
Deco takes a Brazilian player, Raphinha. Do you know him and can you tell us something about him?
By chance, Raphinha is also from Porto Alegre, my city, and we are from the same neighborhood, I am very close friends with her father and have known him since I was a child. By chance, today he works with Deco and things are going very well for him. He is a very talented young man.
Is it a new Neymar or a new Ronaldinho?
No, there are no comparisons. Everyone has their style and their way of playing. Raphinha has everything to succeed anywhere.
Which player do you like the most on the international scene right now?
I like to see when Messi is playing, it’s worth it. When Ney is playing, when Mbappé is playing… I also love seeing Raphinha play.
At Barça there is a certain Pedri, who won the Golden Boy…
He has a lot of quality, he’s starting very well and hopefully he can make history at Barça.
There is also Ansu Fati, a very promising striker who wears the number 10 shirt that you wore at Barça.
Yes, it has already started very well, it started making history and I hope that it can also continue and do something very nice. Quality has and now it’s just giving time to time.
It’s World Cup year. Brazil is always a favorite and Luis Enrique’s Spain is also strong against Qatar.
There are many who come strong. Spain, with the spirit of Luis, is one. Luis was a phenomenon on and off the pitch but I think Brazil is very good too.