Messi wants Ronaldinho stay

Barca star wants team-mate to stay put

Messi: A big admirer of Ronaldinho

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Lionel Messi is hoping Barcelona team-mate Ronaldinho will stay at Camp Nou next season.

Ronaldinho has been strongly linked with a summer move away from Barca with a number of clubs reported to be chasing his signature.

Milan are thought to be leading the race to sign Ronaldinho with the Italians claiming a deal is close to being agreed.

Argentine ace Messi is keen to see Ronaldinho stay at the Spanish titans saying he has learned a lot from the Brazilian.


"At Barca, we want everyone to remain at the club. If he goes, I will be sad," said Messi.

"He has helped me a lot to integrate into the team. Any team would like to have him. I still hope that he will stay."

Meanwhile, Milan president Silvio Berlusconi remains confident of luring Ronaldinho to the San Siro and says the Samba star will not be the only high-profile arrival this summer.

Berlusconi claims a top striker will also make the switch to Milan for next season with Chelsea's Didier Drogba being mentioned as the possible mystery target.

"Ronaldinho wants to come to Milan, that is clear," Berlusconi told Sky Italia. "First of all because this club is the world champion, secondly as there are so many Brazilians and third everyone knows how well we treat our athletes.

"Perhaps we pay a little less than other sides, but we give them a lot more glory."

"Another very important player is on the way. He is a powerful centre-forward who I shall not name.

"We are ready to sign two world class players for next season and there will be world class players in defence, too."