Phillips: Barca legend Ronaldinho would be my dream team-mate

Kalvin Phillips says Barcelona legend Ronaldinho would have been his dream team-mate because he ‘played with a smile and had a laugh’… as the Leeds star reveals he ‘screamed at the top of my voice’ after getting first England call-up

  • Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips spoke of his admiration for Ronaldinho 
  • He said the Barca icon ‘always played with a smile’ when he was on the pitch 
  • Phillips also spoke about the moment he received his first ever England call-up
  • He admitted he screamed at the top of his voice after putting down the phone  

England star Kalvin Phillips has revealed which iconic player he would have loved to feature alongside – and picked Barcelona icon Ronaldinho.

The Leeds United midfielder, who enjoyed a memorable run with the Three Lions to the Euro 2020 final this summer, said the legendary Brazilian was his choice because he always looked happy when playing the game as he strutted his stuff with incredible skills and talent during his career with PSG, Barca and AC Milan.

Speaking to promote McDonald’s Fun Football programme, the 25-year-old was asked questions by YouTuber Tekkerz Kid, who quizzed him about a player from the past who would be his dream team-mate.   

England star Kalvin Phillips has admitted he would love to have played alongside Ronaldinho

He praised the Barcelona legend for always playing ‘with a smile’ and ‘having a laugh’

Speaking at a McDonalds event, Phillips reflected on his Leeds career and rise with England

‘Ronaldinho,’ Phillips said. ‘He was an exceptional player but I would want to play with him because every time he went out on the pitch he enjoyed himself, he smiled, he had a laugh and he loved to showboat too – which obviously I can’t do!’

Ronaldinho enjoyed a hugely successful career, winning the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, two LaLiga titles and the Champions League with Barcelona, as well as the Ballon D’or prize in 2005. 

Phillips – often seen smiling himself during training and matches for club and country – is one of the first names on the team sheet for Marcelo Bielsa’s men and played a pivotal role in helping them secure promotion back to the top flight, as well as cementing their status in the Premier League.

He admitted he ‘screamed at the top of my voice’ after being called up by Gareth Southgate

Reflecting back on his favourite memories in his career so far, Phillips recalled his quick start to life at Elland Road and ending their 16-year wait to return to England’s top division, as well as the priceless moment he received his first call up to Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad.

‘Scoring in my first ever game for Leeds at home, winning the Championship and getting called up to England,’ he added. 

‘It was unbelievable, I was ecstatic as soon as I put the phone down, I was screaming at the top of my voice while I was on the way to training in my car.’

Kalvin Phillips is calling on families to take part in McDonald’s FREE Fun Football sessions this autumn. Find your nearest centre at: 

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