Messi pays tribute to Ronaldinho


World Cup winner Ronaldinho announced he has hung up his playing boots after 20 years in the sport, where he enjoyed plenty of success at Barca, winning back-to-back La Liga titles between 2004 and 2006, as well as the UEFA Champions League crown.

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And Messi, who broke into the Barcelona first in 2004, admits he owes a lot to Ronaldinho for helping him become the player he is today.

“I learned a lot by your side,” Messi told Ronaldinho via a post on his Instagram account.

FACT FILE: Ronaldinho - 20 years of footballing excellence

“I will always be grateful to you for how easy it was that you did everything to me when I got to the dressing room.

"I was lucky to share many things with you and I am very happy because, in addition to [being] a phenomenon with the ball, you are a very great person, and that is the most important thing.

"Even if you decide to leave, football will never forget your smile. All the best, Ronnie.”