Ronaldinho: The artist that inspired Messi and Neymar

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Ronaldinho: The artist that inspired Messi and Neymar

Postby kongpheara » 2018-01-19, 15:12

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It was a career that was laden with cheeky flicks, amazing skill and incredible goals, but all of that came to a halt on Wednesday when Ronaldinho announced his retirement, putting to an end an illustrious 20 years in which he will be remembered for inspiring the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar.The adventure began back in 1998 when he debuted for Gremio and ended when he called quits on his time at Fluminense. "It's impossible to love football and not be his fan... you brought us a smile," Pele said in a touching tribute following the announcement. sbobet mobile In between his time at the aforementioned clubs, the 37-year-old also spent parts of his career at Paris Saint-Germain, Milan, Flamengo, Atletico Mineiro and Queretaro, but it was his time at Barcelona where he cemented his legendary status.It was under his careful watch during Frank Rijkaard's reign that saw Lionel Messi develop into the most talented of his generation."I learned a lot from your side, I will always be grateful to you for how easy it was for me when I got to the dressing room, football will never forget your smile," sbobet mobile said the Argentine. His impact on the youngster proved to be enormous, even if Dinho is too humble to admit it. "I've never been Messi's teacher, I've had the fortune and happiness to participate in the beginning of his career," he told Marca.It was also during his time at the Camp Nou where his silky skills and his personality inspired Neymar, a player Ronaldinho touted as his heir. The pair briefly featured alongside one other in Brazilian colours."It's an honour to be part of your history, I'll always remember your joy on the pitch, you leave a legacy that is hard to beat, you made football a form of art," he said.Meanwhile, Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas also paid tribute to Brazilian legend, who infamously single-handedly carved apart Real Madrid's defence back in 2005 at the Santiago Bernabeu. "I had to suffer, but I also enjoyed watching you," Casillas joked.sbobet mobile
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