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Barcelona Star Fires Back At Ronaldinho For Slamming Brazil’s National Team

Barcelona Star Fires Back At Ronaldinho For Slamming Brazil’s National Team

Brazilian international Raphinha has fired back at legendary forward Ronaldinho’s claims that the current national team is one of the worst in the country’s history.

Ronaldinho was left disappointed by Dorvial Junior’s men as they laboured to a 1-1 draw against the United States in a Copa America warm up friendly on Thursday night.

The performance was so disappointing that the 2002 world Cup winner slammed the squad for their lack of passion and declared that he would not support the team during the upcoming tournament.

Raphinha has now hit back at the comments and has exposed the 44-year-old’s conversations with teammate Vinicius Jr.

Speaking at a press conference, the Barcelona wideman was asked about his idol’s comments regarding the national team. In a candid response, Raphinha disputed Ronaldinho’s claims that the group lacked passion, stating, per Forbes:

“[The comments were] a surprise not only for me, but for the whole group.

“I think you must know more than I do, he never made such a statement [to us]. On the contrary, he always showed his support for the team. I consider him an idol, a reference. Everyone in the team, not just the players, but everyone who works here, sees him as a reference. It has been a hard blow for us.

“Obviously we do not agree. It’s my third year and I see dedication, desire, [and] pride in wearing the shirt. I do not agree with what was said, I totally disagree. Each one has quality, merit.”

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