Football legend Ronaldinho did not know how to use an ATM.
The Brazil icon’s former team-mate Emanuel Villa said the sporting superstar – reportedly worth £70million – asked the club accountant for a £1,000 loan because he did not realise he could withdraw his own cash.
Ronaldinho, now 41, was the face of Mexican bank Multiva at the time.
Showing off his skills in their TV ads he would say: "I’ve always liked winning and I like to see my money growing and that’s why my bank is Multi."
Ex-Derby County striker Villa, who played alongside the 2005 Ballon d’Or winner at Mexican club Queretaro, told podcast Tiki Taka MX he could not believe his team-mate’s 'serious ignorance' about cash.
He said Ronaldinho approached the accountant after training and asked: "Do you have £1,000 you can lend me?"
Villa said: "The accountant asked him why and he explained his brother had left town and hadn’t left him any cash to pay for something he needed to buy.
"The club worker told Ronaldinho he could sort something out and was happy to lend him the money but offered to take him to the bank – to Multiva which he was the face of.
"He said to him, 'You have your account there which we pay your salary into and you can withdraw what you want from there.'
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"Ronaldinho replied: 'Can I really go and get money out?'
"The accountant replied: 'Of course, that’s where your salary gets paid every fortnight and the account’s in your name and you’re the face of the bank'."
Villa added: "The anecdote is funny but what it shows me is serious ignorance when it comes to life things.
"This 35-year-old man didn’t know he could go to the bank and take money out of his own account.
"What we saw and were able to experience was someone whose brother handled everything.
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"We never asked Ronaldinho about credit cards. Just imagine, a 35-year-old who’s been the phenomenon he was on a football field but doesn’t have a clue about taking money out of his own account.
"It’s something that left a lasting impression on me because I began to understand a lot of things about these world figures.
"Everything’s portrayed as rosy in their lives and many times it’s not like that."
Ronaldinho, who also played for Barcelona, PSG and AC Milan and scored 33 goals in 97 games for Brazil, was branded `stupid’ by his own lawyer after he was jailed in Paraguay in 2020 for entering the country with a fake passport he said he thought was a 'gift'.
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