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The 42-year-old has spoken of his admiration for the Brazilian, while adding that winning the 2006 Champions League was his finest moment as a player



Former Barcelona striker Henrik Larsson says Ronaldinho was the greatest player he ever played with.

The former Sweden star forged a close friendship with the Brazilian during his two-year stay at Camp Nou between 2004 and 2006, and the 42-year-old ranks him as one of the legends of the game.

"The greatest player I played with has to be Ronaldinho," Larsson told us in the latest episode of MasterCard's Priceless Memories video series.

"When I was at FC Barcelona he was at the height of his career, he was absolutely fantastic, the things he could do with the ball, and also the passing game he had was fantastic.

"I’m very proud that he used to call me his idol. When I was at Barcelona he used to joke a little bit that he watched me in the World Cup already in 1994, so he used to call me idolo and it was fantastic to hear that from one of the greatest players we’ve ever seen in the game I think."

Larsson was a hero for Barca in the 2006 Champions League final as he came off the bench to set up goals for Samuel Eto'o and Juliano Belletti as the Blaugrana beat Arsenal 2-1 in Paris - a night he says was the finest of his career.

He added: "I wasn't happy about not starting and I wasn’t even sure if I was going to participate in the game because at the time, you might have heard of the player that was there, Lionel Messi.

"He was very young at the time, [Frank] Rijkaard chose between me and him sitting on the bench, and Messi went into the stands and I went onto the bench.

"I was fortunate enough to pass the ball to Eto’o and then to Belletti; that was the only goal Belletti scored for Barcelona and it was perfect timing to be honest.

"Now today I can watch back and every time I hear the song of the UEFA Champions League I can have a big smile on my face. The proudest moment of my career has to be when we won the Champions League. It's the biggest thing you can win bar the World Cup."

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