Ronaldinho was without doubt the most talented player of his generation and one of Football’s all-time greats. If you were lucky enough to be able to watch him play regularly in his prime with Barcelona you just can’t help but love the man.
Despite winning a host of the games biggest prizes such as La Liga, Champions League, World Cup and the Balon D’or the mercurial Brazilian always played the game with an infectious smile on his face.
The buck-toothed boy from Gremio was a true entertainer and his repertoire of flicks, tricks and no-look-passes had to be seen to be believed at times. Here we take a look at what some other legends of the game had to say about him, and we’ve also thrown in a highlights video showcasing some of his best skills and goals, enjoy!
“He is one of the greatest players I have ever seen.” Diego Maradona.
“No one can compare to Ronaldinho. I remember his plays, his dribbles. I remember him winning every title at the Camp Nou. He made history at Barca, he made history with Brazil and he’s still making history.” Neymar.
“He transmits a lot of joy and pleasure playing the game, and he has individual skills that are of such a high level that everybody in the world adores him.” Frank Rijkaard.
“There was a period in Ronaldinho’s time at Barcelona where he was almost unplayable. Effortless, relaxed, always with a smile on his face, he’s a genius with the ball. I love Brazilian football and he is one of the best ever players from that country.” David Beckham.
“Ronaldinho was responsible for the change in Barça. It was a bad time and the change that came about with his arrival was amazing. In the first year, he didn’t win anything but people fell in love with him. Then the trophies started coming and he made all those people happy. Barça should always be grateful for everything he did.” Lionel Messi.
“It is fantastic how clever the guy is. He seems ready for every situation and the bigger the game, the more he can handle it. He’s a great player and I guess that makes him psychic. When you play with him and see what he does with a ball, nothing surprises me any more. One of these days, he will make the ball talk.” Eidur Gudjohnsen.
“I learned a lot from Ronaldinho. Football is a tactical game and you sometimes have to be serious. But he taught me to always do it with a smile and have fun. I spent hours watching his clips on youtube.” Eden Hazard.
“The best player in history? Ronaldinho. Because when he was at his best nobody could compare. He always had a smile on his face as well. He had skill, scored fantastic goals and put magic into the game.” Nani.
“Ronaldinho is very hard to stop because his game is impossible to read. He never makes the same feint twice in a row. Even when I’d watched several videos of him, he was still hard to counter. He is simply too unpredictable and sharp.” Daniel van Buyten.
“Ronaldinho is total class – a very, very great player. He is quick, powerful, and has extraordinary technical qualities. He is a dribbler but is also a player who can make the play for his teammates. He’s not really a No.10, a true organizer. He’s more a second attacker who can score goals and has the vision to make them.” Ruud van Nistelrooy.