Lionel Messi reveals how Ronaldinho mentored him to become Barcelona superstar

Lionel Messi reveals how Ronaldinho mentored him to become Barcelona superstar

- Lionel Messi says he was mentored into a full star by Brazilian legend Gaucho Ronaldinho

- The Argentine joined Barcelona from academy and rose to become the club's icon with over 600 goals

- Speaking on his earlier Camp Nou career, Messi said the former star passed the touches of greatness to him

Barcelona star, Lionel Messi, has opened the lid on how he was mentored into a blossomed football icon at Camp Nou by Brazilian legend Gaucho Ronaldinho.

The former Selecao ace was a stellar star of his generation with successful sting across European top flights including Barcelona where he enjoyed his best years between 2003-2008.

Ronaldinho won two La Liga titles and a Champions League with the Catalans before he was ushered out of Camp Nou alongside Deco.

Messi, on the other hands, came through the rank from the La Masia youth academy 16 years ago, scoring his first goal for Barcelona against Albacete in 2004/05 campaign.

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The Argentine forward has since gone to score 612 goals for the club and won five Ballon d'Or honours in the process.

Speaking about his earlier career with the Catalans, Messi revealed he was helped into becoming a popular figure by the Selecao legend.

"Ronaldinho helped me a lot. I came into the dressing room at 16-17 years of age, seeing all those footballing giants made it tough,'' the 32-year-old said.

"But he mentored me and made me feel comfortable, and I loosened up. Afterwards on the pitch, I always looked for him but we didn't have many years to enjoy together.''

Messi also named regret of not having more playing time with the former Barcelona star before he was sold.

"Besides, we didn't play as much at that time. I would have liked to play more with Ronaldinho."

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Meanwhile, had reported that Willian Borges da Silva, has lent his voice to the greatest footballer of all-time debate with the Brazilian star picking his fellow countryman Ronaldinho as the greatest star the football world has ever seen.

The Chelsea winger chose the Selecao legend as the best player, citing his incredible magical movement on football as a yardstick.

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