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The Argentine international and FC Barcelona’s star forward Lionel Messi has revealed that, the Brazilian legend and former FC Barcelona’s forward Ronaldinho told him to take his No. 10 shirt months before the Brazilian left Barcelona in 2008.

 

The 36-year-old former Brazil international Ronaldinho, who has scored 70 goals in his 145 appearances for the Spanish giant and the Argentine ace Lionel Messi’s current club FC Barcelona, who is currently no. 10 of the La Liga champions.

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And the 29-year-old Barcelona’s hotshot Lionel Messi revealed that the Brazilian legend and his former teammate Ronalinh, told him to take his No. 10 shirt months before the Brazilian left Barcelona in 2008.

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As Messi said,

"Before leaving the club, [Ronaldinho] was coming off a few months where he was thinking about things," 

"He had it in his mind that he was leaving and he told me to have his number. I took it without looking at what he had done with the shirt. If I did, I would not have taken it.”

The five time FIFA Ballon d'Or winner also praised his former teammate Ronaldinho and spoke about his early stages in the Barcelona dressing room.

In an interview with Barca TV,

Messi added,

"Everyone welcomed me into the dressing room, and [Ronaldinho] welcomed me in a spectacular way," 

"To go into that dressing room was not easy but he made it all so much easier. I was very comfortable by not only Ronnie's welcoming but everyone.”

"Those who came up from the [Barca] B sat on the other side [to the main group]. The locker room did a 'U' and we sat in front, and there came a moment that [Ronaldinho] told me to go to his side and that I no longer needed to be where I was anymore.”

"There was a spot free and there was Deco and [Thiago] Motta right there, and he sat me right beside them. I must admit at the start it was hard. But he said no, that I was good where I was until I basically obliged to sit there."

"He's a simple person, very chilled, and he sat by my side in the dressing room," 

"We had the chance to start a good and honest friendship. He's a great man."