The former player also revealed if he prefers Vinícius Jr. or Mbappé, and recalled the goal against England in 2002
Friend and fan, but Brazilian above all. That was the tone of Ronaldinho Gaúcho’s speech about the achievements of Lionel Messi, his former Barcelona teammate, and with whom he has a personal relationship. The Witcher stated that he is a big fan of the Argentine, but the limit is the World Cup, when he is 100% nationalist.
Who doesn’t vibrate with their friend’s achievements? Well, even Ronaldinho Gaúcho lives this situation, and like no one else, no less than Lionel Messi. Despite their friendship, however, the Bruxo is a Brazilian first, and puts winning the World Cup as a limit when it comes to rooting for his former teammate, as he said at a press conference alongside Roberto Carlos, before a friendly game.Football live and whenever you want? Click here and try DAZN free for one month!
“Because I have a great friendship, all Messi’s achievements make me happy. So, I hope he has the most victories, the most titles, the most joys in his life, because of the friendship we have”, Ronaldinho began.
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‘But we expect Brazil to be champions again, we haven’t been world champions for a few years, and as Roberto Carlos has been saying, we are in a very good moment. Brazil is back in a World Cup as the favorite, with great players and a very good moment, so now we are in the crowd, hoping that Brazil will be world champion again”.
And one of those great players mentioned by Bruxo is Vinícius Jr., who was recently European champion with Real Madrid, and who was also the subject of the interview. Ronaldinho lavished praise on the young striker, whom he confessed to having a preference over Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappé.
“Both are great players, but because we are Brazilians, we always take them home, to Brazil. Vinícius is living a beautiful moment, and we are very happy because he is Brazilian, because he is a great person, a young man with a lot of talent”, said Ronaldinho. “Mbappé is also in a beautiful moment, I wish him all the luck, he is also a very kind person. But as Brazilians, we have Neymar and Vinícius, who we always hope they do the best they can.”
Still talking about the World Cup, Ronaldinho commented on that goal he scored against England, in 2002, when Brazil lifted the World Cup for the last time. He confessed that he has a special affection for this move, which marked his career a lot.
“Very important, scoring a goal at the World Cup is very special, and for me it’s a goal that scored a lot. Everywhere in the world, when I pass, people ask me about this goal”, revealed the former player. “Very special, it was at the Worlds that we won, the last time our country was champion, it has a lot of importance in my life”.