Barcelona defender Gianluca Zambrotta has thrown his support behind the Catalan giants´ under-fire playmaker Ronaldinho.

Ronaldinho has come under scrutiny for some indifferent performances for Barca this season and his lifestyle off the pitch has also been put in the spotlight, with reports of late-night partying 48 hours before a recent match against Osasuna.

However, Barca full-back Zambrotta took the side of his team-mate, saying: "I don´t see it as bad to go out 48 hours before a game. "What is important is that on the pitch you always give 100%."

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