Messi not Better than Maradona, Pele or even Ronaldo - Ronaldinho

Tanya Simon
December 14, 2019

Former Brazil global, Ronaldinho, has said that Lionel Messi can not be called the greatest player of all time.

The Argentina captain has made 15 appearances across all competitions and scored 14 times this season.

Messi, who won a record-breaking sixth Ballon d'Or earlier this month, has fond memories of his time playing alongside Ronaldinho.

The Brazilian played alongside Messi at the Camp Nou until his departure for AC Milan in 2008.

The Argentina global is considered by many to be the best player in football history, recently claiming a record sixth Ballon d'Or title and setting a plethora of records that are unlikely to be touched by many in the years to come.

Speaking at a charity event in Mexico, Ronaldinho said: "I'm glad for Messi because he's a friend, aside from the fact he's been a leader of Barcelona".

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The 39-year-old is a former Camp Nou team-mate of the Argentine, having played with the Catalans while Messi was just starting to make his breakthrough into the starting XI.

But, while Ronaldinho believes that his former cohort deserves all the accolades that come his way, he is unwilling to place him above the likes of Pele and Diego Maradona, who have gone before him.

"There were [Diego] Maradona, Pele, Ronaldo... it's hard to say that Messi is the best throughout the history of football". "Ronaldinho helped me a lot".

Lionel Messi has told his Barcelona teammates to be wary of the mistakes they made in past Champions League seasons.

Messi has been in scintillating form for Barcelona this season and broke Cristiano Ronaldo's record for most hat-tricks in La Liga history last week.

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