Carles Puyol Snubs Messi to Name Brazilian Legend As “Most Important” Player in Barcelona History

Carles Puyol Snubs Messi to Name Brazilian Legend As “Most Important” Player in Barcelona History

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
March 21, 2023 at 2:50 PM
  • Ronaldinho became a Barcelona hero during an outstanding five-year spell with the club between 2003 and 2008
  • The Brazilian, who turned 43 today, March 21, has been credited for spearheading Barcelona's rise to dominance
  • Currently retired, Ronaldinho is hailed as one of football's most gifted players due to his breathtaking skillset

Carles Puyol once held the opinion that former Barcelona teammate Ronaldinho Gaucho was the "most important player" in the history of the club.

The retired Brazil international is widely recognised as one of the greatest footballers of all time for his dazzling exploits at PSG, AC Milan and Barcelona.

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Carles Puyol described Ronaldinho as the "most important" player in the history of Barcelona. Photos by Etsuo Hara and David Ramos
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But it was his stint with Barca that made him a global icon. Credited with making many fall in love with the sport, the classy playmaker made football aesthetically appealing with his supreme technical skills, creativity and dribbling ability.

He spent five years at Barca, where he played the best football of his career, shining under Dutch manager Frank Rijkaard, with whom he won 5 trophies, including two La Liga crowns and a Champions League scalp in 2006, per besoccer.

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Prior to Ronaldinho's arrival, the Catalan giants had gone through a terrible period, failing to win any trophy since the 98/99 season.

On the occasion of his 43rd birthday, a quote from Camp Nou legend Carles Puyol has resurfaced.

“For years, we didn't win anything at Barcelona, then Ronaldinho arrived.
" Puyol said, as quoted by Football Tweet.

Ronaldinho relives 'dancing' goal

Ronaldinho has rolled back the years to celebrate his 'dancing' goal against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League 18 years ago.

The former Barcelona star netted one of the best goals in football history in a classic game at Stamford Bridge on March 7, 2005.

The Brazil legend left Chelsea's former goalkeeper, Petr Cech, stuck like a mannequin after toying with defenders John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho before firing home.

Ronaldinho celebrates son's move to Barca

Sports Brief also reported that the son of Brazil's legendary Ronaldinho, Joao Mendes de Asis Moreira, has joined Spanish giants and former club of his father, Barcelona.

The 17-year-old inked a deal to join the Catalans U19 team as he began his football career outside Brazil.

The teen sensation joins the U19 team as he works his way to first-team football.

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