MUST READ: Ronaldinho writes very touching letter to his 8-year-old self with brilliant reference to Messi
Ronaldinho has penned a very incredible letter to his eight-year-old self for The Players’ Tribune.
The Brazilian legend narrated everything to his younger self, detailing how life was going to be like for him.
He lost his dad when he was eight years old and you gave in details how that sad moment in his life played out.
From playing on the streets and finally making it to Europe, he detailed it all.
Going to Europe
“Playing for Brazil will change your life. All of a sudden, doors you never even knew were available to you will start to open.
You’ll start to think about playing in Europe, where a lot of your heroes went to prove themselves. Ronaldo will tell you about life in Barcelona. You’ll see his awards, his Ballon d’Or, his club trophies. Suddenly, you’ll want to make history too. You will start to dream beyond Grêmio. In 2001, you will sign with Paris Saint-Germain.
How can I tell a kid who was born in a wooden house in a favela what life will be like in Europe? It’s impossible. You will not understand, even if I tell you. From the time you leave for Paris, then Barcelona, then Milan, everything will go by very, very fast. Some of the media in Europe will not understand your style of play. They will not understand why you are always smiling.
Well, you are smiling because football is fun. Why would you be serious? Your goal is to spread joy. I’ll say it again — creativity over calculation.”
Joining Barcelona Barcelona
“What you’ll be most proud of, though, is helping to change football in Barcelona through your style of play. When you arrive there, Real Madrid will be the power of Spanish football. By the time you leave the club, kids will be dreaming of playing “the Barcelona way.”
Listen to me, though. Your role in this will be about much more than what you do on the pitch.
At Barcelona, you’ll hear about this kid on the youth team. He wears number 10 like you. He’s small like you. He plays with the ball like you. You and your teammates will go watch him play for Barcelona’s youth squad, and at that moment you’ll know he’s going to be more than a great footballer. The kid is different. His name is Leo Messi.
You’ll tell the coaches to bring him up to play with you on the senior side. When he arrives, the Barcelona players will be talking about him like the Brazilian players were talking about you.
I want you to give him one piece of advice.
Tell him, “Play with happiness. Play free. Just play with the ball.”
Even when you are gone, the free style will live on in Barcelona through Messi.
Dear eight-year-old Ronaldinho, my advice for you is simple: Do it your way. Check out the full story in my profile link. 👆🏾 – Querido Ronaldinho de 8 anos de idade, meu conselho para você é bem simples: Faça do seu próprio jeito! Confira a notícia completa no link do meu perfil. 👆🏾 – Querido Ronaldinho de 8 años, mi consejo para ti es simple: Hágalo a tu manera. Miren a la historia completa en mi profile link👆🏾