Reacting to reports that Chelsea are set to prise the Brazilian away from Barca in January, Laporta said yesterday: "No money in the world will take Ronaldinho away from Barcelona. He is simply not for sale.

"He isn't playing this week because he is injured and we hope he is available next week. And he will return to be the best player in the world."

Laporta also spoke of new signing Thierry Henry: "He is intelligent and I am convinced he will become a crucial part of the club. We've signed him for his leadership qualities and we want him to be an example to the other players."