Ronaldinho’s off-field lifestyle took its toll on the Brazilian, according to his former Barcelona team-mate Xavi.
“Roni has always led the same sort of lifestyle,” the Spain midfielder said in an interview with sports daily Marca. “He always told us: ‘that’s the way I am’.
“When you lead that sort of life you have to understand that when your level drops then the knives will be out. He is like that, he likes going out and enjoying life.
“He was full of life ever since he arrived and that’s how he won two leagues and a Champions League.
“He has his own private life that should not be interfered with, but it is true that that private life also affects his sporting performances.
“Roni went from being an idol for all Barcelona fans to being jeered and criticised and that hurts anyone.”