Ronaldinho casts verdict on Liverpool and Manchester City’s Brazilian players

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Liverpool and Manchester City possess two of the most talented squads in world football.

The two sides have battled it out at the top of the Premier League over the last 16 months, being both defensively solid and devastatingly brilliant in attack.

That is in no small part down to the players bringing the Samba style to the north-west of the country.

For Liverpool, Roberto Firmino, Alisson Becker and Fabinho have become the spine of a side that won its sixth Champions League last June.

For City, Gabriel Jesus, Ederson and Fernandinho were all pivotal in retaining the Premier League title last term, beating Liverpool by a single point.

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There has always been a love of Brazilian players and arguably the most loved of all is Ronaldinho, who had his say on the Brazilian players in the Liverpool and City squads ahead of their crunch match on Sunday.

Speaking at a Web Summit that The Guardian reported, Ronaldinho said of Alisson: “I know him very well because he is from the city where I was born - Porto Alegre.

“For this reason I also like him a lot! But in all seriousness he is so calm, so strong and technically so good. A great goalkeeper for Brazil and Liverpool.”

He was similarly full of praise for City’s man between the sticks, although Ederson won’t be fit for the clash at Anfield.

“Another great goalkeeper - Brazil are lucky to have him and Alisson right now.

“He is also calm and strong and also very good at kicking the ball, which has made him important for Manchester City.”


In terms of the defensive midfielders, Ronaldinho appeared to give the edge to Fernandinho, although he was still complimentary of Fabinho.

“I am maybe a bit biased because he is a friend of mine but honestly I believe he is a fantastic player,” the former Barcelona winger said of Fernandinho.

“Widely experienced and one of the best in his position in the world. The best? Maybe.”

On Fabinho, Ronaldinho said: “I have the upmost respect for this guy because he is still quite young but has achieved a lot playing for many clubs in Brazil and in Europe.

“A champion with Liverpool and a very important player for them, too.”

One of the reasons Ronaldinho was so loved was the smile he wore out on the field, something he says he likes about Liverpool’s Firmino.

“He has become a very experienced and valued player for Brazil. This is also the case for Liverpool.

“A world-class forward who always gives everything he has. Plays football with a big smile - I like this.”

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Regarding City’s Brazilian striker, Ronaldinho tipped Jesus to have a successful career.

“This young man is an idol among Brazilians because he is so young but has already achieved so much.

“A fantastic player who can score goals and make them with his talent. He will have a big career, I’m sure of that.”

It’s hard to argue with Ronaldinho’s comments.

No one knows what Sunday’s blockbuster will bring, but you wouldn’t bet against one of these players making their mark.

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