Lionel Messi: Ronaldinho names Barcelona captain in his Ultimate XI squad

Lionel Messi: Ronaldinho names Barcelona captain in his Ultimate XI squad

- Lionel Messi named in Ronaldinho's Ultimate XI

- The Argentine featured 80 times with the Brazilian during his reign at the Camp Nou and won silverware together

- Ronaldinho spent just five years with the Catalans and won five titles in the process

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has been named in Ronaldinho's Ultimate XI attack which also includes Cameroon legend Samuel Eto'o.

The 40-year-old may be having a tough time clearing his name in the Paraguayan fake documents saga, he played along with some fantastic players at the Camp Nou.

His five-year reign with the Catalans produced five major trophies - including one Champions League, two La Ligas, and two Spanish Super Cup titles.

However, he could not have achieved such feat without the help of some fantastic players that helped him to surmount the mountain of football at the time.

According to The Mirror, Ronaldinho's dazzling skills made a joy to watch as he established himself as an icon for a generation of football fans with a beaming smile on his face.

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Meanwhile, the retired football star carefully selected his squad made up of legends of the Spanish club.

Goalkeeper Victor Valdes - 189 appearances with Ronaldinho

Starting in goal, of course, would be Victor Valdes, who featured with the Brazilian 189 times while both were at the club. The Spaniard was virtually present during Ronaldinho's reign at the club.

Right-back: Gianluca Zambrotta - 119 appearances with Ronaldinho

The Italian spent just two seasons between 2006 and 2008 in Barcelona but played almost every available game then. He won just one title at the club.

Centre-back: Carles Puyol - 182 appearances with Ronaldinho

The Spaniard is unarguably Barca legend after starting and ending his career at the club with several titles to show for it. He played alongside the Brazilian 182 times in the period under review.

Centre-back: Rafael Marquez 142 appearances with Ronaldinho

The Mexican was part of the Catalans' key players when Ronaldinho arrived at the club and they both recorded some level of success.

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He won more titles than the forward at Camp Nou owing to the elongation of his contract with the Spanish giants. He spent seven seasons with them.

Left-back: Giovanni van Bronckhorst - 129 appearances with Ronaldinho

The Dutchman who also played for Arsenal was transformed into a reliable left-back during his four years at the Nou Camp, which started like Ronaldinho in 2003.

Midfield: Xavi Hernandez 172 appearances with Ronaldinho

Having grown through the ranks from the club academy, Xavi gained prominence under former boss Pep Guardiola.

Midfield: Andres Iniesta 154 appearances with Ronaldinho

He was only 19 when Ronaldinho joined Barca in 2003 but his quality had already taken him into the first-team, where he remained a fixture until 2018.

Midfield: Deco - 132 appearances with Ronaldinho

The Portuguese joined Barca one year after Ronaldinho did but both stars blended well enough to shine at Camp Nou.

Attack: Ludovic Giuly - 98 appearances with Ronaldinho

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The Frenchman started most of his games from the bench but his quality whenever introduced was evident during three seasons at Barca.

Attack: Samuel Eto'o - 111 appearances with Ronaldinho

The Cameroonian had claimed to be considered as the best out-and-out forward in world football, and he bagged 130 goals in 199 Barca games.

Attack: Lionel Messi - 80 appearances with Ronaldinho

It was a case of a mentee and a mentor between these two. Messi broke into Barcelona team Ronaldinho and he would eventually go on to take the Brazilian's mantle of the attacking fulcrum of the team.

Subs: Dida (87), Oleguer (136), Belletti (96), Junior Cesar (81), Edmilson (83), Pirlo (72), Pierre (71).

Legit.ng earlier reported that Barcelona legend Ronaldinho may be under house arrest, the former football star has reportedly been given a luxurious room which enables him to practice.

The 40-year-old was recently granted partial freedom after coughing out a sum of $1.6 million, the bail fee required to get himself and his brother released from the prison.

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Although the World Cup winner is not off the hook yet, he is awaiting his trial in Paraguay and that is one of the reasons he is being held under heavy security at the Palmaroga hotel in Asuncion.

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