Scolari said: "Ronie it is time to leave. Given the current situation, it's best to leave Barcelona. A player cannot always remain at a high level with the same club for more than four or five years.

"There is a moment when things slow down and it is right to change environments and find new motivation.

"There is no doubt that Ronaldinho is one of the five best players in the world and remains an essential element for any team."