Raphinha admits that Ronaldinho “influenced” the determination to be part of Barcelona

Raphinha has admitted that seeing Ronaldinho play for Barcelona within the 2000s made him need to emulate his superb when he performed for Blaugrana.

The winger accomplished his transfer to Camp Nou on Friday, and turned down Chelsea’s promotion to seal a transfer from Leeds United to Catalonia. Arsenal have been additionally serious about his signature.

Speaking at his unveiling ceremony, Raphinha revealed that his love for Ronaldinho actually had an impression on the place he needed to go after leaving Elland Road.

“I started watching Barça when Ronaldinho came here. Everything he achieved here definitely influenced my decision to come. I have always wanted to come here,” mentioned Raphinha.

“I have always hoped that one day I could realize my dream since I was little, to be part of a team like Barça. We all have our different ways of playing of course so I am very different [from Ronaldinho]. “

Ronaldinho joined Barcelona from PSG within the summer time of 2003 after membership president Joan Laporta – then in his first time period in cost – promised to ship a signing, with David Beckham and Thierry Henry additionally being thought of by Bluagrana.

The Brazilian legend received two La Liga titles and the membership’s second Champions League ever with Barcelona, ​​whereas successful the 2005 Ballon d’Or.

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