Ronaldinho said to the magazine “Panenka”: “When I arrived in Barcelona everyone was talking about a child in the club, then we became friends and we started playing together and made good progress.”
“He arrived to be different from the others, and we spoke with Frank Rijkaard – the coach of Barcelona at the time – in order to train with us, and then things went quickly.”
“I have been lucky enough to be the first of my goals,” he said.
Messi scored his first goal with Barcelona in the net Albacete net 2004-2005 season in the Spanish league came from the Brazilian industry.
“With the passage of time, it is wonderful to see someone close to you and then conquer the world. We were very close and we learned a lot. He taught me the Spanish language and taught him Portuguese, but in football we understood each other very well.”
“I was surprised by the calm he had, which I love in Messi, he did not go into any trouble, always with his family and they are closest to him.”
“Messi has everything, he didn’t need anything from me.”
About his time in Barcelona “Since the first game, it has been linked to happiness, and there are many memories.”
“When I came, many fans waited for me on the field,” he said.
Turning to the Dutch coach Frank Rijkaard, “He was a great coach, calm and better than I worked with him.”
He continued, “He knew everything because he played at the highest level, which made things easier for us. Everything he asked of us had previously fought, so his words with us were very easy and direct.”
“He gave me a lot of freedom to play my way, when we did not have the ball we had duties, but when we do have it we have complete freedom.”
Barcelona with Rijkaard won 5 UEFA Champions League titles in 2006.