FC Barcelona legend Ronaldinho has given his take on his exit from the Catalan club in 2008 – the year Pep Guardiola took over.
Over the years, it has been claimed that when Guardiola took charge of the Blaugrana, he did not see a future for Ronaldinho, who had reportedly become ill-disciplined, at the club.
It has been said that the Spaniard told the Brazilian he would be sold as a result, but the former Barca and Brazil playmaker has now insisted it was he who decided to move on from the Spanish giants.
“I was the one who decided to leave Barcelona in 2008, not Pep Guardiola,” he said, according to the Daily Star.
“I had already achieved my goals there and I needed a change.
“I always got along well with Pep (Guardiola) and I worked with his brother at Nike.”
Ronaldinho is widely considered as one of the most influential footballers of all time, known for his trickery and the smile he had on his face every time he took to the field.
The Brazilian spent five years at Barca, playing 198 games for the club.
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