RON PRAISE FOR NEY­MAR AND OLD PAL PEP

Ronald­inho on Samba stars, Messi and Man City boss Guardi­ola

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE -

A truly mer­cu­rial tal­ent, Ronald­inho achieved so much in a me­morable ca­reer that took him from Paris Saint-Ger­main to Barcelona and on to AC Mi­lan. The Brazil­ian was blessed with out­ra­geous skill, a sub­lime touch and the rare abil­ity to beat an op­po­nent with con­sum­mate ease. One of the se­lect few to earn a stand­ing ova­tion from Real Madrid fans at the Bern­abeu when play­ing for Barca, Ronald­inho was in Dubai to pro­mote his acad­emy at the Koora Dome in Al Wasl. We speak to the 36year-old about Brazil, his friend Lionel Messi and his re­la­tion­ship with Pep Guardi­ola.

Ronald­inho on… how Ney­mar com­pares to other Brazil­ian greats

He is un­ques­tion­ably our big­gest star at the mo­ment His name is al­ready in the his­tory books and you can com­pare him with any of the greats that have played for Brazil.

Ronald­inho on... whether Brazil can win the 2018 World Cup

I hope so. Brazil are go­ing through a tran­si­tion pe­riod. The Olympics win was good for the con­fi­dence of the team and I be­lieve that Ney­mar is a great leader of this team and I hope they can chal­lenge.

Ronald­inho on... whether he re­grets leav­ing Barcelona

No, I have no re­grets. Of course I would have loved to have played more with Lionel Messi, but I am very glad that I was able to help with his ca­reer and get the as­sist for his very first goal. He has be­come such a great player but at that time my Barcelona ca­reer was com­ing to an end so the time had come to leave.

Ronald­inho on... if Messi can still win a World Cup

He is a great player and Ar­gentina have a great team so there is def­i­nitely a chance that it will hap­pen. But he doesn’t have to win the World Cup to show that he is the best in the world. He is the best ev­ery week, he shows that level time he plays so there is no real need for him to win the World Cup.

Ronald­inho on… whether Pep Guardi­ola will be a suc­cess at Manch­ester City

Pep is not only a great coach but a great friend. He has all the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of lead­ing Manch­ester City to lots of suc­cess.

Be­fore the Brazil­ian great de­parted there was one last ques­tion...

And it was one that he could an­swer in English and with the smile that adorned his face when­ever he was on the pitch.

Was it un­fair that he was la­belled a party an­i­mal. “No.”

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