Ronaldinho: Messi is best of his era, not best footballer ever

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  • Ronaldinho refused to call Lionel Messi the best footballer ever
  • Lionel Messi won the sixth Ballon d’Or this month 
  • Ronaldinho won the Ballon d’Or in 2005 and played with Messi for four years in Barcelona
  • The Brazilian not sure if Messi can rank better than Maradona, Pele, and Ronaldo.

Barcelona legend Ronaldinho has refused to consider Lionel Messi as beat footballer ever. According to the Brazilian, the Argentine is the best player of his time but not in the whole history of the game.

“I’m glad for Messi because he’s a friend and a symbol of Barcelona,” Ronaldinho said on the success of his former Barcelona mate, at the exhibition at the Centenario de Morelos Stadium in Mexico.

“I don’t like comparisons because it’s hard to identify who is the best in history, there’s Diego Maradona, Pele, Ronaldo. I can’t say that Messi is the best; he is the best in his time.”

As a reminder, Messi was handed his record-breaking sixth Ballon d’Or last Monday, December 2. His closest competitor was Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mane finishing in third and fourth, respectively.

Despite Messi’s considerable success with Barcelona, the Argentine still lacks one winner’s medal in his trophy cabinet that all those mentioned have – the World Cup. Ronaldinho won the coveted World Cup with Brazil in 2002, while Messi’s fellow compatriot Maradona starred in Argentina’s 1986 triumph.