The former Brazilian star ahead of the launch of “The Happiest Man In The World – Ronaldinho”: “Milan, you are on the right path to the Scudetto”
At 42 years old less than a month ago the smile is always the same, sunny, contagious, of those who, after having known the misery as a child, managed to fulfill their greatest dream, to become a professional footballer. And for several seasons Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, known worldwide as Ronaldinho, was the strongest footballer on the planet, embodying the pure and childlike spirit of the game of football throughout his glorious career. Because Dinho won or lost but he always did it with a smile on his face, that same smile that he infectiously transmitted to the millions of fans who were able to love and admire him from all over the world. That little boy born and raised in the Vila Nova barrio of Porto Alegre has come a long way, stronger than the obstacles that life has reserved for him and which has also rewarded him by making him an idol for generations of children and fans. Starting from Gremio, then moving to Europe first with the PSG shirt and then with that of Barcelona, five seasons in which he showed dribbling, crazy goals and magic. After the adventure in Catalonia ended, Ronaldinho then played two and a half seasons with the Milan shirt: no trophy on the bulletin board, but the usual flashes of his incredible class. Sportmediaset.it interviewed him exclusively on the occasion of the launch of the documentary about his life “The Happiest Man In The World – Ronaldinho” available for free on FIFA +. “I am happy to share with others everything I have done in the world of football. I hope that people like the film and that it is a success”, his words on the film project dedicated to him.
At just 21 you moved from Brazil to Europe, first to PSG and then to Barcelona. What difficulties did you encounter?
“The first difficulty I had once I left Brazil to come to Europe was the different culture, a different style of football and I needed some time to get used to it.”
In the docufilm the splendid relationship with Roberto, your brother, but also a father, is represented very clearly since you lost your father as a child and then as an agent.
“Yes, my brother played his role when I lost my dad. For me it was perfect, because my brother has always been my idol and I was lucky enough to share the house with my idol. He was my brother. , my dad, my idol and my best friend, has always been fundamental in my life “.
Brazil presents itself to the World Cup as number 1 in the Fifa rankings. Can he win it? Who will be the star of the Seleçao?
“I think he has a lot of chances to win, because he has a very strong team, they have been together for a long time, they have a very good coach and they have one of the best players in the world who is Neymar and who can make a difference. I think he feels good. to play with Seleçao, a team that gives him the opportunity to play loose and I think he will arrive at an excellent moment in his life and career to be able to write history and win the World Cup. I hope they do it. “
Italy out of the World Cup for the second time in a row? What idea have you got?
“It’s a very big surprise, a shame because Italy is always Italy and something is missing in a World Cup without Italy, it’s really a shame”.
What memories do you have of your experience at Milan?
“They were two very good years. It was a team with great players, so I was happy to share the dressing room and the games with all the champions that Milan had.”
Paolo Maldini a champion on the field and now a very good manager. Would you have expected it?
“Yes, Paolo was one of the greatest I’ve ever seen, I played against him and I played together. I’m a big fan of his, he could even be President of the Republic. He’s a phenomenon.”
Milan are in full swing for the Scudetto. Do you think it’s the right time?
“I think Milan are on the right path, I hope they can win, go back to winning after a long time.”
Ibrahimovic still plays at 40. What do you think?
“Ibra is a phenomenon. At his age he is better than many young people. If he wants, he can play up to 50, because he does not lack quality and physically he is always a phenomenon”.
What do you think of Mbappé and Haaland. Who do you like more?
“You mentioned the two I like most, Haaland and Mbappé. They are very young and have a great talent, the whole world is admiring them. Mbappé is a young man I like to see play, he is making history and can still do a lot” .
THE HAPPIEST MAN IN THE WORLD – RONALDINHO
An archive never seen before dedicated to one of the most iconic players to have played in the world of football. The idea stems from the desire to tell the unique story of the player’s life, tracing his rise from the streets of Brazil to become one of football’s most loved players and highlight the impact Ronaldinho has had on world football, with Lionel Messi, Frank Rijkaard and Carles Puyol appearing in the film and reveal what this FIFA legend means to them. // An exclusive documentary film that gives you access to an extensive archive of never-before-seen footage of one of the sport’s most iconic players. The 90-minute film directed by Stuart and Andrew Douglas, and produced by Bernie Goldmann and Simon Horsman and Jeffrey Soros of the Los Angeles Media Fund, tells the footballer’s exceptional life story, tracing his rise from the streets of Brazil to become one of the most loved footballers. Featuring Lionel Messi, Frank Rijkaard and Carles Puyol, who reveal what this FIFA legend represented for them. “The Happiest Man In The World – Ronaldinho” is available for free on FIFA +, a worldwide digital platform created to connect football fans around the world with the game they love.
FIFA LAUNCHES FIFA +
FIFA is thrilled to announce the launch of FIFA +, a world-class digital platform created to bring fans around the world even closer to the sport they love, for free. FIFA + offers live matches from national leagues from around the world, match statistics, quality original content, engaging global stories, the best international football archive and more. In 2022, over 29,000 men’s soccer matches and more than 11,000 women’s soccer matches will be broadcast on FIFA +, for a total of over 40,000 matches. The first FIFA + Original productions will feature Ronaldinho, Dani Alves, Ronaldo Nazário, Romelu Lukaku, Lucy Bronze and Carli Lloyd among others.