RONALDINHO has actually attempted to debunk the misconception that he had a bad influence on Lionel Messi and subsequently needed to leave the Nou Camp, Express.co.uk reports.

Ronaldinho joined Barcelona at the start of Messi’s incredible career and left the club in 2008 after making 145 looks and collecting 5 trophies, including the Champions League.

The Brazilian always appeared to enjoy his football while in Spain and seemed to play with a smile.

However he has actually revealed that Frank Rijkaard played a function in his choice to leave.

And he firmly insists that AC Milan was the real factor for his departure as opposed to the notion that he attempted to misguide Messi.

In an interview with FourFourTwo, Ronaldinho stated, “It was easy – it was time to go.

” I wished to follow in the footsteps of (Frank) Rijkaard, who was my coach and stated excellent aspects of Milan.

” I had other options, however I wished to bet Milan. When it comes to that things about Messi, it’s not true; you should not constantly think what you read.

” I always tried to be a great influence on him and actually try to do for him what Ronaldo did for me.

” I felt accepted by Ronaldo and I wanted Leo to have the exact same. Messi was constantly very shy, however constantly a great player.

” We lived on the exact same street, so I had a terrific relationship with him and his household.

” Even then I understood he was a better gamer than me.”

Meanwhile, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic states there’s no one like his club teammate Messi, nor will there be anybody approaching his level.

” This doesn’t exist, not in Mexico, not in Croatia. You have to state that. He’s not the very best worldwide for nothing– for me, the best in history,” Rakitic said after he was asked which Mexico gamer might be the most comparable to Messi.”