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Ronaldinho only trained once a week because of party lifestyle

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Brazil legend Ronaldinho only used to train once a week due to his party lifestyle, according to his former team-mate Jerome Leroy.

Leroy played alongside the former Brazil international from 2001 to 2003 and he also claimed that Ronaldinho used to turn up to training in sunglasses and go straight into the massage room and fall asleep.

The former Ballon d’Or winner has not technically retired from football yet but was released by Fluminense, his most recent club. The Brazilian club deemed him too unfit after playing just seven games for the club.

“Ronaldinho didn’t train any day of the week and would just turn up on a Friday for the game on Saturday.” said Jerome Leroy, who was one of his team-mates when he was at Paris Saint-Germain.

“I think he was trying to follow in the steps of Romario, who would also go out every night, but he didn’t have the same success.

“Players with great talent like [Ronaldinho], they’re a bit crazy.

“Every morning he’d come in with sunglasses. He’d get changed and he’d go straight to the mass bed back to sleep.” Leroy added.

The 36-year-old still won the UEFA Intertoto Cup with the French club when he had a ‘party lifestyle’. After performing incredibly in Ligue 1, he was signed in a £30million transfer to Barcelona.

The Spanish giants recently announced that they have re-signed Ronaldinho as a club ambassador in a bid to grow their brand in New York.

By Drew Darbyshire (@DarbySports)

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