Philippe Coutinho received a heartfelt message from his childhood hero and compatriot Ronaldinho before making his long-awaited debut for Barcelona.
The former Liverpool midfielder completed his £142million move to the Catalan giants at the beginning of January but was unable to make his debut due to a thigh injury.
However, before Coutinho appeared in the club’s 2-0 win over Espanyol on Thursday, his compatriot offered him some advice before the 25-year-old embarked on the next stage of his career.
‘It’s Ronaldinho speaking here to wish you all the luck in the world,’ the 37-year-old said in a video on the club’s official YouTube page.
‘Give it everything and make people happy. That is what they like.
‘Enjoy yourself and the rest will follow, OK? Go in peace.’
Just as Coutinho’s Barcelona career started, Ronaldinho’s professional playing career came to an end after the 2005 Ballon d’Or winner retired earlier this month.
The World Cup winner made 145 appearances for Barcelona during his five-year stint with the club, scoring 70 goals.
He helped the Catalan side win the Champions League in 2006 while also guiding the club to two La Liga titles.