Ronaldinho: I'd have liked to play with Philippe Coutinho

The Barcelona legend spoke about his compatriot and his former side

| Maite Jiménez

Ronaldinho is now 38, but he still has his own way of understanding life. It makes him an idol on and off the pitch. He arrived at Barcelona in 2003 and helped bring the club back to life after a bad spell. He has natural charisma, he was an artist and a leader.

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Now 15 years have gone since he landed in Barcelona. Here he is found in Castelldefels, still enjoying himself.

"I was never one to watch footall a lot, or the whole 90 minutes. I wath the great moments, the goals, that's what I think football is. Sometimes it goes well for you, sometimes not, that's football."

He knows who the best player of all time is.

"He's the best in history, no doubt. Nobody has done what Messi's done. I hope he plays 20 more years. Those who love football would love to have him here for much longer. I think when he leaves, nobody will be able to take the No 10 of Leo."

The eteternal comparison with Cristiano has a clear answer from Ronaldinho. "For me it's not a question over who is more complete, it's a question of taste. I prefer Messi's style. The other one is complete, he has it all. So does Messi, but it's a question of taste and I prefer Messi's style.

"There are a lot of players who I didn't coincide with and I would have liked to play with them. Coutinho is one of them. Iniesta and him are great players. They each have their own style, but I think the Coutinho will be one of the big names in world football. He already is, but I think that he will be more still."


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