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Ronaldinho meets Cavani and Di Maria ahead of PSG v Monaco

18:47 EAT 28/01/2017
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Having enjoyed David Beckham's recent return to the club, Paris Saint-Germain have welcomed back a former World Player of the Year

Ronaldinho has visited former club Paris Saint-Germain ahead of Sunday's crucial Ligue 1 match against Monaco.

The former Brazil international made his name at PSG between 2001 and 2003, before going on to join Barcelona, where he helped to kickstart an era of success at Camp Nou.

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Ronaldinho has returned to the French capital to spend the weekend with his old team, which will culminate in him watching the Monaco game at Parc des Princes.

The match is a vital one, with champions PSG sitting three points behind Radamel Falcao & Co at the top of the table in an enthralling title race that also involves Nice.


@ronaldinhooficial visited us at Ooredoo Training Centre this morning ! He met players and friends  #PSGlegend

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Ronaldinho arrived in Paris on Friday evening after a flight from Rio de Janeiro, where he was greeted by supporters.

The 36-year-old was then shown around the stadium and conducted an interview with the club's TV channel, before returning on Saturday to meet the first-team squad as they prepared to face Monaco.

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Ronaldinho was presented with a signed number 10 shirt and posed for a photo with the whole squad, a shot which contained the likes of Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria.

He also took separate photos with many of the players, including captain Thiago Silva and the Brazilian contingent.

"Paris is a special club for me, as it was here that I launched my European career," Ronaldinho said.

"I have a lot of respect and love for this club. Of course it's special for me to come back to where it all began.

"I hope to see a really good match here, a real spectacle out on the pitch. I don't how it will play out but I can't wait to see the fans out in force at the Parc des Princes."

PSG defender Thomas Meunier tweeted an image of him meeting Ronaldinho and wrote: "It is thanks to players like him that football is part of my life. Thank you."

Ronaldinho is the second major former star to visit in the last week after David Beckham returned to Paris.