Lionel Messi is an “incredible” talent but Ronaldinho remains the “best player in history”, says Gerard Deulofeu, a man who has worked alongside both at Barcelona.

Ronaldinho and Messi are both all-time greats, with seven Ballons d’Or collected between them. Six of those are owned by Messi, but Deulofeu believes a fan favourite of the past was the more exciting and precocious talent.

He told Serie A’s official website: “For me,Ronaldinhois the best player in history. I met him, I went to see a match at theCamp Nouand he was sitting next to me. It was a wonderful experience.

“Messiis incredible too, I like him very much. I played with him for six months and he is a nice person, a great player. The whole world knows aboutMessi.”

Deulofeu has had two spells at Camp Nou during his career, but struggled to make his mark. That has forced him to seek opportunities elsewhere, atEverton, AC Milan and Watford.

The 26-year-old winger is now back in Italy at Udinese – on a season-long loan from VicarageRoad – and heis excited to have been given a second chance at starring in Serie A.

Deulofeu added on being in Udine: “The stadium is beautiful, but I already knew that because I played here withAC Milan. I like the training complex, it’s very big.

“I had a wonderful experience inSerie Athe last time, as I played a lot and I played well.

“I have a wonderful memory ofAC Milanand of their fans, but now I’m here and my respect goes to Udinese and the club’s fans.

“I feel different than I did then, because then I was looking for regular game time and consistency in my performances. Now, after two-and-a-half years atWatford, I think I am a totally different player.

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