Brazil and Barcelona legend, Ronaldinho has opened up on Lionel Messi's emergence at the club during his spell at the Nou Camp, revealing that at the time he knew that, "Leo had everything, he didn't need anything from me".
The 39-year-old was the Best Player in the World and a bonafide superstar at the time Messi was making his way into the first team at Barcelona and it was Ronaldinho who provided the assist for the Argentinian's first ever senior goal for the club.
Few would have predicted at the time on the impact that Messi would go on to have on the sport, though Ronaldinho has insisted that his influence wasn't needed as he always knew the talent that he posessed.
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🏆 2 LaLiga
🏆 1 Champions League
🏆 1 Serie A
🏆 1 Copa Libertadores
🏆 1 World Cup
🏆 1 Copa America
🏆 1 Confederations Cup
The man who made so many of us fall in love with football. ⚽ pic.twitter.com/Oy29TA8fYF
"When I arrived at Barcelona, there was already talk of a kid [Messi] who stood out. Then we were friends; we started playing together and we got on very well. He arrived being different to all the others, and we spoke with [Frank] Rijkaard so that he came to train with us - it was all very fast," he said to Marca.
"I was lucky enough to give him the pass for his first goal. Over time, it's very nice to see someone who starts out so close [to you] and then conquers the world. I'd be left amazed by how calm he is. That's something I love about him; he never gets into trouble, he's always with his family and those closest to him. Leo has everything, he didn't need anything from me."
The 2005 Ballon d'Or winner joined the Catalan's when they were in the doldrums and was without a doubt the main figure in their rejuvenation, leading the club to two La Liga titles and the 2005 Champions League trophy during his five-year spell at the Nou Camp.