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Name Ronaldinho
Gender Male
Ethnic Brazilian
Job Brazilian Footballer

Affiliation

Org Brazil National Team
Club as Player Barcelona FC

2007 02 Retrieve

[Ronaldhinho on Steven Gerrard] Cristiano is a great player. But Steven Gerrard is, for me, one of the very best in the world. For the job he performs, for me, he is one of the greatest

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Ronaldinho on Paul Scholes] I want to pass like him. Who taught him how to do that?

2014 07 11 Retrieve

[Brazilian legend Ronaldinho on Mesut Ozil] Germany has many great technical players. For example, Mesut Ozil. He plays like a Brazilian. You Germans no longer make your players mechanically, not squeezed it into a concept, but let them play football

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Ronaldinho on Thierry Henry] Thierry Henry is a beautiful player and has got complete technique, I adore watching him. I respect him very much as a man and as a footballer. He reminds me of myself

2016 09 09 Retrieve

[Ronaldinho hints he may soon hang up his boots] I’m old. I’m 36 years old, I’m not 26 anymore and I’m looking at what I want to do when I finish my career. The idea is to play for another year. I’m involved in new projects, related to music and football. As you know, they’re my two great passions. It was a dream life. I won everything

2016 10 08 Retrieve

[Ronaldinho discusses his one career regret] I’ve achieved everything I wanted to and I’m grateful for that. Of course, I would have loved to have played more with [Lionel] Messi, he’s a great player and I’m very glad to have helped him at the beginning of his career with the assist for his first goal. Messi is a great player and the Argentina national team is a great team, I believe they have a real chance of winning the next World Cup. He demonstrates that he’s the best every day. Week-in-week-out he keeps playing at such a level that demonstrates how good he really is, so there’s no real need for him to show any more at the World Cup. But as my friend I always wish him the best as I do all of my friends

2017 01 14 Retrieve

[Ronaldinho writes a letter to his younger self] You are smiling because football is fun. Why would you be serious? Your goal is to spread joy. I’ll say it again - creativity over calculation

2017 02 04 Retrieve

[Ronaldinho says he would have liked to score Alli’s goal against Crystal Palace] I saw Dele Alli’s goal last year and it looked like a goal I would like to score – there is just no explanation for goals like that. It’s thrilling to inspire someone to score such a great goal; I can barely put it into words

2017 08 12 Retrieve

[Ronaldinho gives his reaction to Neymar’s record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain] May he keep enjoying himself and giving joy to those that like football, independent of the club he’s at … I am happy for him. He is our biggest idol in Brazil right now because we love his style of play

2017 09 09 Retrieve

[Ronaldinho shares insight on Philippe Coutinho and says he thinks his former club Barcelona will sign the player in the future] This season, they will see him give everything for the club - that is the sort of player he is. Also no player is going to refuse to play when it’s the World Cup at the end of the season. The Liverpool fans have nothing to worry about - I do not believe any of the stories about him refusing to play for the club. I know him, that is not his way. He [Coutinho] made it clear that he wanted to join Barcelona this summer - he will be disappointed, as it is a dream for players to want to play for Barcelona - but I am sure he will still get that chance. They made it clear how much they wanted him and I am sure that they will come back for him

2017 11 18 Retrieve

[Ronaldinho thinks the five-time World Cup winners are back to their best] I believe Jogo Bonito is back but more importantly the happiness and confidence is back for the players. The environment that Tite has made for them to be creative, to express themselves and to do what they like is the most important factor for getting confidence back in this team

2018 01 20 Retrieve

[Ronaldinho writes a farewell message after his retirement from football was confirmed this week] Thank you, my God, for this life you gave me, family, friends and my first profession. After almost three decades dedicated to football, I say goodbye to my biggest dream, dream come true. I did what I most loved professionally for 20 years, and ten as a basic training. I lived intensely this dream of children, every moment, trips, victories, defeats, the review, national anthem, the walk in the tunnel, dressing room, field entrance, the soccer shoes I used, the good and bad balls, tributes I won, the stars that I played, those that admired and played and those that only played in the play, but I admire until today!

2018 03 24 Retrieve

[Ronaldinho responds to a question about his potential to become a coach one day] No, it’s not for me. [Laughs] That’s not for me. I’m going to make music, I’m going to do my second passion. Enjoy time with my friends. But I do not see myself as a coach, working with football … I do not see myself like that

2018 03 31 Retrieve

[Ronaldinho talks about his childhood footballing idols] My brother Assis, Rivelino, Romario, Ronaldo, Rivaldo. Diego Maradona was special, too. I always enjoyed watching him, including everything he did even before the matches. He was the most playful; the one I liked the most in that sense of playing with the ball. Maradona could dribble at speed towards the goal. He had such a different technique from everyone else. I couldn’t do keepy-uppies with oranges like he did, though – my mother didn’t want me to waste food!

2018 04 14 Retrieve

[Ronaldinho speaks about Lionel Messi] We just have to cross our fingers and hope that someone comes along with half of his ability. That would already be enough. I will never get tired of eulogising about Leo. He’s not just a great player; he’s a great person, a great human being. That’s the kind of thing we must never tire of praising. And when he gets on that field … well, then we could end up speaking for a whole year about Messi. He evolves with every game. Leo is a living legend and we must treat him with so much respect

2019 10 19 Retrieve

[Ronaldinho backs Vinicius Junior to be among the elite in world football] [Vinicius] is already at one of the best clubs in the world. I think he will soon be there, among the best