​Before Lionel Messi came to prominence at ​FC Barcelona, another Argentinean by the name of Javier Saviola looked set to rule Camp Nou for a number of years. After having spent six years with Barcelona, scoring 49 goals in 123 appearance, Saviola reveals that he regards Ronaldinho as the ​most unique player he played with.


The Argentinean arrived at Barcelona in 2001 for a fee of around 35m from River Plate, making him the club's biggest ever ​transfer signing at that time.


Saviola spent an initial period of three years with Barcelona between 2001 and 2004, before returning for the 2006/07 season after two season-long loan spells away from the club, and in both his terms at the club, he was able to play with Ronaldinho.



As reported by ​Marca, in his interview with TyC Sports, Saviola recalled his experience of playing with Ronaldinho in the same team as he said, "I played with Ronaldinho when he was at his best; he did things that nobody else could."


He continued, "He (Ronaldinho) never came into the dressing room with a worried face or any sign of pressure. He always said that football was there to be enjoyed, that we were to have fun when we play, and that's what he did."


Saviola was also asked about Louis van Gaal as a coach and he stated that the Dutchman was a problem for everyone at Barcelona including Juan Roman Riquelme as he concluded, "He was a very difficult coach to understand. He was a complicated character who didn't let the players play. With [Juan] Roman [Riquelme], there was also a problem. It was difficult for everyone - Van Gaal was very complicated."