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The Story Of Claude Makelele Threatening To Send Ronaldinho 'To The Hospital' Is Priceless

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The Story Of Claude Makelele Threatening To Send Ronaldinho 'To The Hospital' Is Priceless

Claude Makelele was best known for having a football position named after him. In fact, "The Makelele role" is still a nickname used today.

But exactly how good do you have to be for a role to be renamed in your honour?

Well the answer is to be as good as Claude Makelele was, first at Real Madrid and then at Chelsea.

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Madrid never should have let him go.

In fact, Carlos Queiroz never wanted him to leave but he was let go because he didn't sell enough shirts - apparently.

The midfielder went on to help Chelsea to their first two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups - all under Jose Mourinho.

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Most people like Makelele, mainly because of how good he was.

But someone who might not have been his biggest fan would have been Ronaldinho.

Talking to RMC, the 48-year-old revealed that during a game he threatened to send the Brazilian to hospital, saying:

"At one point, Ronaldinho crossed the line.

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"I went over to him and said: 'Kiddo, I'd rather you show good manners in dribbling against me because with all of your PlayStation tricks... I'll send you to the hospital.'

"What did Ronaldinho say? He gave me the ball and apologised."

Ronaldinho played against Chelsea in the Champions League a couple of times. Image: PA Images
Ronaldinho played against Chelsea in the Champions League a couple of times. Image: PA Images

It's well within the realms of belief to imagine a central midfielder getting fed up of Ronaldinho's tricks and flicks, mainly because it was difficult to get near him.

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It does seem less likely that the former Barcelona man would have just given the ball over so easily.

But you can imagine Makelele getting it back himself.

Makelele with the Premier League trophy and Didier Drogba. Image: PA Images
Makelele with the Premier League trophy and Didier Drogba. Image: PA Images

Many have tried but no one has come close to the former Blues midfielder when it comes to that position on the pitch.

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A contingent of Chelsea fans would love to see the diminutive Frenchman or someone of his ilk at the base of their midfield again.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Football News, Ronaldinho, Football

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