- Lionel Messi is not the greatest player of all time, according to his former teammate Gerard Deulofeu
- The Udinese winger instead picked one-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldinho as the greatest player to ever grace the pitch
- Lionel Messi spent 20 years at Camp Nou before leaving for PSG last summer on a free transfer
Former Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu has picked legendary Brazil forward Ronaldinho Gaucho as the greatest player of all time, ahead of Lionel Messi.
Deulofeu is a product of Barcelona's famed La Masia academy and played 23 games across two stints at the Spotify Camp Nou.
The 28-year-old played together with Messi when he made his first appearance for the senior side in 2011 before being loaned out to Everton two years later.
Arguably, Messi is tipped by a lot of football fans as the greatest to ever grace the pitch, but the La Masia graduate believes that Ronaldinho is superior to the Argentine.
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“For me Ronaldinho is the best player ever, in history. I met him. I went to watch a game at Camp Nou and he was sitting next to me. It was a wonderful experience,” Deulofeu explained, as per Marca.
He added: "Messi is incredible too, I like him very much. "I played with him for six months and he is a nice person, a great player. The whole world knows about Messi."
Messi spent 20 years at the Camp Nou after arriving from his native country as a teenager. He went on to become the club's record appearance holder and top scorer, scoring 672 times in 778 games.
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Messi took to his Instagram account to share a beautiful photo of him and his beautiful wife, Antonella Rocuzzo, together with their three kids in a hotel setting
Everybody was clad in white save for Messi, who donned a black T-shirt. The family spent their summer vacation in diverse locations, including Ibiza, before Messi jetted back to Paris for pre-season training.
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