The former Argentine forward played alongside the Brazilian at PSG and insists that his ability with the ball made him “different” to any other player
Messi – regarded as arguably the greatest footballer ever – has claimed a record six Ballons d’Or to go with 10 La Liga crowns, four Champions League medals and many more team trophies and personal accolades.
But Cardetti, who spent a season playing alongside Ronaldinho at PSG before the Brazilian moved to Barca in 2003, told Crack Deportivo: “As a coach, for my team I would choose Ronaldinho at his best over Messi.
“I shared a year with Ronaldinho and he is a different player, he’s touched by God.
“He always had fun; with the ball he was always doing things and he practiced a lot so that he could replicate those things in matches.”
On Ronaldinho, Argentinian Cardetti added: “You see him in training, in matches and every move he makes is different from everyone.
“Players like him appear very rarely and they are remembered in football history.
“I’m proud to have been a team-mate of that kind of player.”
Ronaldinho has been in the news of late after he and his brother Roberto Assis were arrested in Paraguay in early March for allegedly using fake documents to enter the country.
After spending a month in prison, a judge decided that the duo can live in a hotel in Asuncion while they await trial on their charges.
Speaking to Paraguayan television network ABC Color from the Palmaroga hotel in the Paraguayan capital, the 40-year-old former Brazil international insists they came to the country to be at the launch of an online casino.
Former Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldinho, part of Brazil’s 2002 World Cup-winning squad, said the entire situation had been hard to take and he was working with the police to try and resolve matters.