Brazilian legend Rivaldo reveals why Neymar joined PSG leaving behind BarcelonaPosted By: Sourav Das | January 7, 2018
Former Brazilian attacking midfielder and Barcelona’s icon Rivaldo finally revealed why Neymar left Barcelona to join one of the richest football clubs in the world Paris Saint-Germain. The Brazilian has full confidence on his successor in the international team and had expressed his thoughts about the young superstar Neymar. Besides giving the reason of why Neymar joined PSG leaving behind Barcelona, Rivaldo also discussed how Neymar can prove he is the best player in the world. The Brazilian legend won the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 1999 and also gave his thoughts about the future winners of this prestigious award.
Brazilian legend Rivaldo reveals why Neymar joined PSG leaving behind Barcelona
Rivaldo was the key player of the Brazilian squad that reached the 1998 FIFA World Cup final and also won the 1999 Copa América. He was named the best player of the Copa tournament in 1999. He was also one of the talismans of Brazilian side that won 2002 FIFA World Cup. Rivaldo was inducted in the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team twice in 1998 and 2002. He scored a total of 35 goals in 74 matches that he played for Brazilian national team and is the seventh highest goalscorer of Brazilian footballing history. Besides his international appearances, Rivaldo also played for the Spanish giant Barcelona for five years where he led the team with his attacking partner Patrick Kluivert.
Rivaldo, who led Barcelona to the victory of 1998 and 1999 Spanish La Liga championship and 1998 Copa del Rey, now gave his verdict on his Brazilian successor Neymar. He stated to Spanish press Marca that Neymar changed his club to chase individual honour. While talking about the transfer to PSG for €222m, Rivaldo stated “It was a difficult moment, it made the team pessimistic,” and added “Neymar went, principally, because they made him a very good offer.” He also expressed his thought while saying “Playing in Barcelona, he was in the shadow of [Lionel] Messi and although he was doing very well, Messi is Messi and he has many years left in him” and added “I think Neymar left here to try to see if he is the best in the world. If he wants to be it, he will have to knock Cristiano Ronaldo out of the Champions League in the knockout stages in February.”