Ronaldinho has named Liverpool as his favourite team to follow in the Premier League because he “really likes watching” their attackers in full form.
The Brazil legend never played in the English top flight during his career, which involved trophy-laden spells at Barcelona and AC Milan, among many other top sides.
Therefore, he has no particular allegiance to any Premier League team but he watches English football from afar when the campaign is underway.
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Ronaldinho concedes it is hard to pick one of the 20 clubs as his preferred outfit as they each have at least one “great player” whom he enjoys watching.
But, when pressed for an answer, the 2005 Ballon d’Or winner picked out Liverpool as the club which excites him most thanks to their star-studded frontline.
“It’s hard [to choose just one team], there are many. I really like a lot of players from many clubs,” Ronaldinho told JOE. “It is hard to choose just one. I think each club has a great player that I like watching, but I think the attacking players for Liverpool are the players that I currently really like watching.”
Liverpool have a number of outstanding talents up front including Roberto Firmino, Ronaldinho’s compatriot, as well as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and Minamino.
Ronaldinho may also have a soft spot for the Merseyside club as they have a strong core of Brazilian stars, with Alisson and Fabinho two of their most-important players in goal and in midfield respectively.
The 2002 World Cup winner, who retired after a spell with Fluminense in his homeland in 2015, nailed his colours to the Liverpool mast ahead of their Champions League final clash against Real Madrid in late May.
“Two great teams. They have very good players. I wish them the best. Real Madrid are very good. But, as I really like Barca, I’m with Liverpool,” Ronaldinho told French outlet RMC Sport ahead of the final in Paris, which the Reds lost 1-0.
The former playmaker spent five years with Barcelona between 2003 and 2008, winning two La Liga titles and the Champions League, so his preference for Liverpool over Real, his former El Clasico rivals, did not come as a surprise.
Across his acclaimed career, Ronaldinho amassed 299 goals for club and country, winning the Copa Libertadores with Atletico Mineiro in 2013 and the Copa America with Brazil 14 years earlier.