When Barcelona came to Los Angeles to play during the time that Ronaldinho was considered the best in the world, Kobe Bryant met his good friend Ronaldinho. In the story told Bryant tells, speaking in Spanish, the Brazilian said to the basketball star:
“Hey, Kobe, I’m going to introduce you to the guy who’s going to be the greatest player of all time”.
“Wait, what?”, answered a baffled Bryant, “But you are the best”.
“No, no”, insisted Ronaldinho, “this kid right here is going to be the best”.
“And that guy was Lionel Messi, who was just 17”.