Atlético Minerio star Bernard: Ronaldinho has helped me a lot
Atlético Minerio star Bernard has praised the role Ronaldinho has played in his development this year and revealed that it is a 'joy' to play with the former Barcelona legend.
Bernard, 20, has been one of the breakthrough stars of this year's Brasileirão and looks destined for a big future in the game. However, in an interview with Lancenet on Sunday, the playmaker spoke of his admiration for his teammate.
He said: "He has helped me a lot, talked to me and asked to me to have joy in time to play football. He has great handling of the ball, speed and better touch. Whether in practice or in the game, I try to observe everything he does. Ronaldinho has been instrumental in my growth."
The youngster also gave an insight into his life off this pitch and showed that he has his feet firmly on the ground.
He said: "I learned from a child to be humble and have a level head. My father lived on the farm and struggled to grow in life. I follow this example and try to be focused on football rather than to earn as much money as possible. I was always on my own, quietly. I have sensational girlfriend and a family, so I prefer to stay home and enjoy it all."