Barcelona left frustrated after club ambassador Ronaldinho admitted that Lionel Messi’s move to Paris Saint-Germain was ‘a pleasant surprise’
- Barcelona are frustrated with comments Ronaldinho made about Lionel Messi
- Ronaldinho described Lionel Messi’s move to PSG as ‘a pleasant surprise’
- Barcelona ambassador Ronaldinho played for PSG before heading to Spain
Barcelona have been left disappointed by comments made by club ambassador Ronaldinho regarding Lionel Messi’s move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Messi ended his lengthy association with Barcelona last summer when he joined PSG on a free transfer, with Ronaldinho commenting that the deal was ‘a pleasant surprise’.
Ronaldinho played for PSG between 2001 and 2003 before signing for Barcelona.
Barcelona have been left frustrated by Ronaldinho’s comments on Lionel Messi’s departure
Barcelona ambassador Ronaldinho described Messi’s move to PSG as ‘a pleasant surprise’
As reported by The Mirror, Ronaldinho said of Messi’s move: ‘I did not expect it (the transfer) to happen, I was counting on Messi going to finish his career at Barcelona.
‘It was a surprise, but a pleasant surprise for me.’
When PSG faced RB Leipzig in the Champions League in October, Ronaldinho spoke to Messi on the pitch before the game.
After his meeting with Messi, Ronaldinho said: ‘It is a great joy to have played for these two clubs and now to see my friend wearing this shirt, there are many moments of joy for Leo Messi.
‘I am very happy to see Messi at PSG, a club that occupies an important place in my heart.’
Messi and Ronaldinho had a strong connection when they played together at Barcelona.
Known for his incredible flair, Ronaldinho helped Barcelona to win the Champions League in 2006, while he also won two LaLiga titles with the club.
Messi has scored six goals and provided five assists in 16 appearances for PSG so far
In 2017 Ronaldinho signed a ten-year deal with Barcelona to become an ambassador for the club at institutional events.
Messi has scored just one league goal in eleven games for PSG so far, although he has provided five assists and has also been affected by injuries.
The Argentine has fared considerably better in the Champions League, scoring five goals in as many games as he helped PSG to advance to the knockout stages, where they will face Real Madrid in the last-16.