Legends pay tribute to 'king', 'phenomenon', Ronaldinho

Numerous legends of the game including Pele, Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona have paid tribute to one of the most universally popular players of all-time, Ronaldinho, after he officially announced his retirement on Wednesday.

Ronaldinho and Diego Maradona

Ronaldinho and Diego Maradona. Source: Getty Images

Legendary Players

Diego Maradona 

"I got so much joy watching you play football, Ronaldinho. And as a person you are 'a king'. I love you so much."

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Pele 

Lionel Messi 

"As I always said, I learned a lot by your side. I will always be grateful to you for how easy it was when I got to the first team because you did everything for me.

"I was lucky to share many things with you and I am very happy because, in addition to being a phenomenon with the ball, you are a very great person and that is the most important thing.

"Even if you have decided to leave, football will never forget your smile. All the best, Ronnie."



Ronaldo 

"Sharing a name, a nickname and so many historical moments with this genius was an honour. A victorious trajectory ends now, perpetuating the trail of art and joy in our football. Thanks Ronaldinho!"



Andrea Pirlo 

"Thanks Ronny it was a pleasure to play with you!"



Kaka

It was a pleasure to see you play, a privilege to play at your side and an honor to win titles together! I wish you success in the next stage of your life my partner Gauchinho!!!"



Carles Puyol 

"Playing together was a gift, you brought us happiness and the start of a new chapter full of success.

"I will always remember you telling me “you on defence, me on attack” before stepping into the pitch"

"Thank you my friend, I wish you the best  "



David Beckham 



Steven Gerrard 



Neymar 

"What an honor to be part of your history. I will always remember your joy on the field, you left a legacy that will hardly be beaten in football ART ... Thank you for everything you did for FOOTBALL lovers."



Pep Guardiola 

Iker Casillas 

"You made me suffer, but as a football lover, I loved watching you."

Opposition clubs and countries

Ronaldinho's teams and leagues he played in

Even SBS couldn't get enough of him



Obrigado, Ronaldinho! 


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Published 18 January 2018 at 2:39pm
Source: SBS The World Game