Ex-Brazilian attacking midfielder, Ronaldinho has spoken on speculations that Lionel Messi forced him out of Barcelona.
The player has debunked the myth that he had a bad influence from Lionel Messi and subsequently had to leave the Nou Camp.
The Brazilian joined the Catalan giants when Messi was starting his career and left the club in 2008 after making 145 appearances and collecting five trophies, including the Champions League.
Ronaldinho said that the then Barca manager, Frank Rijkaard played a role in his decision to leave.
He insists that AC Milan was the real reason for his departure.
“It was easy–it was time to go,” he told Fourfourtwo
“As for that stuff about Messi, it’s not true; you shouldn’t always believe what you read.
“I always tried to be a good influence on him and actually try to do for him what Ronaldo did for me.
“I felt embraced by Ronaldo and I wanted Leo to have the same.
“Messi was always very shy, but always a fantastic player.
“We lived on the same street, so I had a great relationship with him and his family.
“Even then I knew he was a better player than me,” he said.