Sport The beautiful moment Lionel Messi & Ronadinho reunited at the Parc des Princes
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Ronaldinho was the man who transformedbefore the era.
The World Cup winner joined the Blaugrana fromin the summer of 2003 and went on to win trophies galore during his five years in Catalonia.
For most of his time at Barcelona, Ronaldinho was the finest footballer on the planet and he won the coveted FIFA World Player of the Year award in both 2004 and 2005.
One man who recognises the importance of the Brazilian magician to the club's history as much as anyone is Messi himself.
“Ronaldinho was responsible for the change in Barca,". "It was a bad time, and the change that came about with his arrival was amazing.
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The Argentine was forced to find another club after Barcelona could not sign himMessi had a slow start to the campaign owing to the fact that he made a late move and had limited time to train and adjust to his new teammates. He was eased into active competition slowly by PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino, but he did manage to show off his magic by scoring against Manchester City in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.
“In the first year, he didn’t win anything, but people fell in love with him. Then the trophies started coming and he made all those people happy. Barca should always be grateful for everything he did.”
Ronaldinho helped kickstart Messi's incredible career at Barcelona and the two have remained friends ever since.
And the two South American superstars finally reunited before PSG's Champions League match versus RB Leipzig on Tuesday evening.
Ronaldinho was a guest of honour at the Parc des Princes and prior to kick-off, the pair embraced by the side of the pitch.
Take a look at the beautiful moment here...
Video: Messi & Ronaldinho reunited before PSG v Leipzig
Messi and Ronaldinho linking up again.. this is too beautiful ????
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???????????????????? Messi y Ronaldinho se saludan antes del partido
⁉️???? ¿Hay algún dúo con más magia?— El Larguero (@ellarguero)
You absolutely love to see it.
For Barcelona fans, the sight of arguably the club's two greatest ever players hugging will be enough to start the waterworks.
As most Cules will fondly remember, Ronaldinho was the man who assisted Messi's first ever goal for the Blaugrana versus Albacete in 2005.
That moment really was the start of something special, with the Argentine going on to score another 671 in Barcelona's colours over the course of 16 memorable years.
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