Ronaldinho advised Kobe Bryant that Lionel Messi would develop into the best participant of all time when he was simply 17 years of age.
The NBA legend, who tragically died in a helicopter crash final 12 months, beforehand spoke in a Spanish interview in regards to the time he first met Messi.
Within the interview, Kobe defined: “I’ll inform you a narrative. A very long time in the past, Barcelona got here to Los Angeles.
“Ronaldinho, who was a great pal, I used to be speaking with him and he advised me, ‘Kobe, look I’m going to introduce you to the man who’s going to be the best participant of all time.’
“I mentioned, ‘You what? You’re the finest.’
“However he mentioned, ‘No, no. This child proper right here goes to be the very best.’
“And that man was Lionel Messi, who was solely 17.”
Messi fulfilled Ronaldinho’s prophecy and proved his greatness within the years that adopted.
In 2012, Messi and Kobe even starred in an advert for Turkish airways collectively, wherein they each confirmed off their abilities to a star struck youngster.
Simply two weeks earlier than his demise, Bryant advised CNN about Messi: “He’s [Messi] the most effective athletes of all time – his tenacity, intelligence with which he performs in addition to his talent.
“It simply places him head and shoulders above the remaining.”