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Ronaldinho to Kobe in 2005: "This will be the best player ever, Messi"

The two stars coincided in the United States in an FC Barcelona tour

Ronaldinho to Kobe in 2005: "This will be the best player ever, Messi"
Ronaldinho to Kobe in 2005: "This will be the best player ever, Messi"

The two stars coincided in the United States in an FC Barcelona tour

Ronaldinho & Kobe Bryant
Ronaldinho & Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant saying farewell to his professional career in a very particular way. From time to time, the basketball legend is explaining curious anecdotes from the 20 seasons that he has been in the elite. In this case, Bryant reveals how he met Messi.

"A long time ago, 11 years ago exactly, FC Barcelona came to Los Angeles. I was talking to Ronaldinho, who was a great friend of mine, and he said: 'Look Kobe, I will introduce you who will be the best player of all times.' 'What are you saying? You are the best!' Ronaldinho then turned to me and said: 'No, no. This guy here will be the best.' And this guy was Lionel Messi, who was barely 17 years old."

Kobe Bryant has always said he is a big soccer fan, because he grew up in Italy. Now we know how he met, thanks to Ronaldinho, a young player with whom he would share ads and sponsors.