Sports News of Sunday, 29 January 2017
The ex-Barcelona and Brazil star has reflected fondly upon his time at PSG, which he describes as the best period of his career.
Former Brazil and Barcelona star Ronaldinho has revealed that he’ll never coach a professional team because his nerves could not take the strain.
Speaking exclusively to Goal, the former Paris Saint-Germain ace revealed he even struggles to watch his old side play for 90 minutes due to the stress of doing so.
Ronaldinho, 36, will be present as PSG take on Monaco in a vital Ligue 1 encounter on Sunday but, judging by his comments, it is not an experience he will entirely relishing.
“I cannot watch 90 minutes, otherwise I suffer,” the Ballon d’Or winner said. “I like to see the best moments, the goals. That’s why I would never become a coach.”
Ronaldinho reached the pinnacle of the game with Barcelona, but it was at PSG that he made his name in Europe, and he remembers his time at the Parc des Princes fondly.
“Everyone respects me here and gives me a lot of hugs,” he added. “It’s a club that I love so much. I do not know why people love me so much here – I am speechless when I see it all.
“I am a son of PSG. When I arrived here, the gates of Europe were opened for me.
“My time here was very special. There were the games against Marseille and Bordeaux, the goal against Guingamp… these are moments that I cannot forget. To choose a favourite is impossible.
“I often speak with people who work at the club or who play here. The change of direction has not changed anything. There are still people who are here who were here in my day. I still keep in touch.”
Meanwhile, the free agent picked a rather surprising choice as his favourite in this PSG side that includes Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria, Thiago Silva and Lucas Moura.
“Thiago Motta,” Ronaldinho said, “for me, he’s class. I love to see him play, he is different from all the others. We played together for a long time [at Barcelona] and that’s why I know him well.”