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Ronaldinho praises former team-mate Deco after missing his testimonial

Ronaldinho and Deco (either side of Victor Valdes) during their Barcelona days
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Last night saw the Porto class of 2004 held to an entertaining 4-4 draw by the Barcelona class of 2006 in a testimonial match for the Brazilian-born Portuguese midfielder Deco.

Ronaldinho was invited to feature in Friday's friendly at the Dragão Stadium in Porto alongside former Barca team-mates including Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto'o, Xavi and Carles Puyol, but failed to make the game after missing his flight from Brazil, reports Xinhua.

The 34-year-old, however, took to Twitter to congratulate his former team-mate.

"One of the most fantastic players I played with. Congratulations for your victorious career, you deserve it," he wrote.

Deco was a UEFA Champions League winner with both Porto and Barcelona and scored a goal for each on Friday, including a sumptuous lobbed volley in the dying minutes to complete the scoring.


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