Ronaldinho: 'Messi is doing to Neymar what I did to him when he was young'

Maxime H. - Monday 18 July 2016 1.9k Likes

Competing in India Premier Futsal league, Ronaldinho has just praised Lionel Messi’s role in Neymar’s development in Barcelona.

Brazil legend Ronaldinho, currently in India for the national futsal league alongside the likes of Paul Scholes, Hernan Crespo or Ryan Giggs, talked about Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr.

Lionel Messi broke through in 2004 with the first team of FC Barcelona. When it occurred, someone was very close to the Argentinean superstar: Ronaldinho Gaucho. Former PSG midfielder was a senior figure in Camp Nou and he decided to guide Messi as he made his first steps in the Barça squad.

Nowadays, Ronaldinho is happy to see them succeed. Leo Messi provided a similar service to Neymar when he arrived in Barcelona.

"When Messi came in, he was a young kid and there was so much potential in him," Ronaldinho told reporters in India.

"I thoroughly enjoyed playing with him and we did share a great rapport on the field and off it too.

"I am delighted to see that Messi is doing to Neymar what I did to him when he came young to Barcelona. That is what senior players in the team are expected to do."

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