Messi paid a heartfelt tribute to ex-Barca star Ronaldinho - FCNaija

La Liga By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 18/01/2018

Lionel Messi has paid a heartfelt tribute to his former Barcelona team-mate Ronaldinho following his retirement from football.

The brother and agent of the World Cup winner Roberto Assis make the announced on Tuesday that Brazilian legend bringing an end to his illustrious career where he won the Fifa World Player of the Year consecutively in 2004, 2005 amongst other top individual honours.

Several big names player was one of Ronaldinho's former team-mates, Messi and Argentina skipper posted a picture of the pair together at Barcelona sitting down on the pitch.

The duo played together at the Camp Nou for four years before Ronaldinho departed for Serie A outfit AC Milan.

He wrote: "As I always said, I learned a lot by your side. I will always be grateful to you for how easy it was that you did everything to me when I got to the dressing room. 

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

''Even if you decide to leave, football will never forget your smile. All the best, Ronnie.'

Ronaldinho last played professionally for Fluminense in 2015, having previously represented Gremio, PSG, Barcelona, Milan, Flamengo, Atletico Mineiro, and Queretaro.