Football lovers, who still remember a player named Alexandr Hleb? The Fans of the London Cannon Team, Arsenal, must remember this blond-haired player, right?
It’s no wonder that Arsenal becomes the peak point of this Belarussian player’s career. He was recorded to have won the award as Arsenal’s best player for three years in a row, which is in 2006, 2007, until 2008.
Considered as a prominent player in the Gunners, Hleb managed to impress the Spanish giants, FC Barcelona, which at that time was being coached by Pep Guardiola.
Exactly in 2008, Arsenal let Hleb go after Barcelona redeemed him with a dowry of 15 million euros or 240 billion rupiahs.
However, instead of feeling happy joining the best club in the world, Hleb regretted his move. He even said that moving to Barcelona was a mistake.
His career sank. He never maximized his potential because he mostly sat on the bench during a match. He was instead, getting loaned more often during the Camp Nou.
After several loans, Hleb finally went to the Krylia Sovetov Samara club in 2012.
But anyway, we will not be discussing Hleb’s regret for joining FC Barcelona. Instead, we will talk about the bad behavior of two former La Blaugrana players, Deco and Ronaldinho, who was revealed by Hleb!
Some time ago, Hleb who was being interviewed by a TV channel in Belarus revealed a quite shocking fact.
According to him, Deco and Ronaldinho are players with bad manners. He was grateful after knowing that they were transferred by Barcelona in 2008.
Hleb said that Ronaldinho and Deco are players who like to drink alcoholic beverages. They often get drunk before coming to the training camp.
During the interview, Hleb said,
“Ronaldinho and Deco often come to training drunk,”
Because of that bad habit, the club immediately intended to release both of them.
Furthermore, there are other reasons why Barcelona desperately wanted to sell the two players. It was apparently because the club does not want Deco or Ronaldinho to “affect” Lionel Messi with negative things.
Lionel Messi? Right.
You must already know that Lionel Messi had a very close relationship with Deco and Ronaldinho.
For those who don’t know, Lionel Messi considered Deco and Ronaldinho as “guardian angels”. This Argentine striker admitted that Deco and Ronaldinho had greatly helped him adapt to the main team of FC Barcelona.
Even more, when no one wanted to chat with Messi, Deco and Ronaldinho became the two players who greeted him first. Well, thanks to the two players, Lionel Messi appeared confidently like a champion.
One thing which proves that they have a close relationship is when Lionel Messi decided to wear number 30 on his jersey in Barcelona. At that time, Messi wore the number as he was inspired by the “two guardian angels”.
When I was in FC Barcelona, Deco wore a jersey number 20. While Ronaldinho, the player with his nicknamed as The Smiling Player, wore a shirt number 10. Thus, when they were combined, it became 30.
If you still don’t believe how close their relationship is. There is another strong evidence we can reveal.
When Ronaldinho left Barcelona, he wanted to leave his number 10 jersey for Messi. Because Ronaldinho believed that Messi would surpass his achievements in Barcelona.
So, guys, for those reasons of relationship, Barcelona were afraid to keep both Deco and Ronaldinho.
Like what Hleb said, Barcelona decided to sell them because they did not want Messi to be influenced by their negative behavior.
This was not the first time during his career that Ronaldinho had been accused of being drunk. American journalist, Dave Martinez, who had written for the Guardian, previously told a story about why Ronaldinho had never joined the New York Red Bulls.
When the team talked to Ronaldinho on the phone about the possibility of moving to America, he was actually “drunk”. They immediately lost the interest to have an agreement with him.
Besides getting drunk, women also became Ronaldinho’s favorite. This player, who was identical with his number 10, had dated many women, from a model to a TV presenter. Even Ronaldinho also admitted that he often had sex before the match began.
While Deco, he did not have a record as bad as Ronaldinho. But when he was in Barcelona’s uniform, he often roamed the night with his best friend, Ronaldinho. Even after the match against Real Zaragoza in April 2007, both chose to go home in their car.
They did not go to the hotel with their team and chose to have fun by themselves instead.
This incident was assumed to be the first incident that started their indiscipline attitudes to be shown.
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