Messi still the best despite international failures – Ronaldinho
CHENNAI: Lionel Messi is still the best player on the planet in spite of never winning a noteworthy global trophy for Argentina, previous Barcelona partner and Brazil awesome Ronaldinho said on Sunday.
The 29-year-old Messi, who resigned from internationals a month ago after Argentina lost to Chile in the Copa America last, is his nation’s top scorer with 55 objectives.
The five times World Player of the Year has played in three Copa America finals and the 2014 World Cup last, yet lost every one of them.
Cristiano Ronaldo, his regular adversary for FIFA’s prestigious Ballon d’Or, as of late won Euro 2016 with Portugal, to reignite the level headed discussion about which of the two is the world’s best player.
“For me, Messi leaving worldwide football does not change anything,” Ronaldinho told columnists on Sunday.
“He is still the best football player on the planet. The appreciation I have for him doesn’t change by any stretch of the imagination…
“What’s more, on the off chance that he truly has chosen to leave worldwide football then the game will miss his nearness, thus will the fans,” included Ronaldinho, who plays in India’s Premier Futsal association.
Ronaldinho, who played at Barcelona for a long time from 2003, said he had supported Messi when the pair played together at the Nou Camp.
He said the Argentine had emulated his example by managing Brazil forward Neymar at the Spanish champions.
“I am not there to see. Be that as it may, I trust the consideration and commitment I had for Messi, is the same thing Messi is accomplishing for Neymar in light of the fact that it’s imperative for a more experienced player to impart things to more youthful players,” the 36-year-old Ronaldinho said.
“What’s more, that I accept is one reason that Neymar has adjusted to the club and their style of play.”
Ronaldinho has been without a club subsequent to a two-month spell at Brazilian side Fluminense a year ago and has not discounted playing in the Indian Super League.
“I am dubious yet I will go to a spot where I feel extremely great and will consider this probability (the Indian Super League),” the 2005 Ballon d’Or champ said.