Adama Traore lifts lid on playing with Messi and Ronaldinho and how Barcelona legends’ winning mentality drove him on

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LIVERPOOL target Adama Traore believes Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi taught him everything he needs to know about a winning attitude when he was at Barcelona.

Spanish winger Traore, 24, has been linked with a Nou Camp return for upwards of £60million after a sensational Premier League season with Wolves.

All-time greats Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho were as inspirational for their winning mentality as much as their amazing skills
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All-time greats Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho were as inspirational for their winning mentality as much as their amazing skills[/caption]

Spain U-21 ace Adama Traore has been linked with Liverpool and even old club Barcelona after his best season ever
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Spain U-21 ace Adama Traore has been linked with Liverpool and even old club Barcelona after his best season ever[/caption]

And he claims it was the mentality as much as the magic of the two Barca legends that has inspired him.

Traore describes “happy” ex-Brazil star Ronaldinho, now 40, as “the figure who changed Barcelona” as they overturned Real Madrid‘s dominance.

And he believes Messi, 33, gave him just as powerful a career lesson with a remorseless drive to always win and keep improving.

Ronaldinho changed everything for me. He made people think, ‘why not?’ He also made people who did not love football love football.


Adama Traore

Traore told talkSPORT: “Before Ronaldinho it was Madrid. They were winning everything with Zidane, Ronaldo, Figo, Makelele… it was amazing. they were the best.

“Ronaldinho changed everything for me. He made hope, he made people think, ‘why not?’ This team can beat Madrid, they can do history.

“He also made people who did not love football love football because every time he touched the ball he was different, he was magical.”

Traore says Messi’s emergence in 2005 – midway through Ronaldinho’s five-year spell – then further “changed the dynamic”.

And it made still-uncapped speedster Traore realise every moment, every match matters when it comes to developing the right mental approach.

He said: “I learned a lot from Ronaldinho and Messi.


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“It didn’t matter which competition they played in, they wanted to win.

“This made me think: If the best of the world like to improve themselves, it doesn’t matter which game it is, you want to win, whether it’s a little game in the training ground, whatever it is, you want to win.”

It’s that mentality that might earn Traore a dream move – with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp calling him “unplayable in moments”.



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