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Name Rivaldo
Spelling Rivaldo Barbosa Ferreira
Gender Male
Ethnic Brazilian
Job Brazilian Footballer
Desc Rivaldo’s lasting legacy is that of a player who was the driving force behind Barcelona’s consecutive La Liga titles between 1997 and 1999, scoring an abundance of goals along the way. The crowing glory of his individual career came in 1999 as he was awarded the Ballon d’Or for his performances at Barca - though his best goal scoring season came two years later as he netted 35 goals in all competitions

Affiliation

Org Brazil National Team
Club as Player Barcelona

Event

World Cup 1994 Rivaldo was one of the member of Brazil National Team

Relationship

Teammate Aldair
  Roberto Carlos
  Ronaldo
  Ronaldinho
  Leonardo
1998 07 12
World Cup 1998 final where France defeat Brazil 3-0. Zinedine Zidane score 2 goals with assist from Emmanuel Petit and Youri Djorkaeff. also final goal came from Emmanuel Petit with assist by Patrick Vieira

2015 03 22 Retrieve

[Why can’t Cristiano Ronaldo score free kicks any more?] When you are in a difficult time, you sometimes go back to your training and make technical changes to get through it. The best players, like Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi, have amazing skills, but they train hard too. With free kicks you can work on improving the movement of the ball or on fooling the goalkeeper, but the focus is on scoring goals. And when you are already successful at that you might want to modify things but you don’t want to change it too much

2015 08 01 Retrieve

[Rivaldo on his generation] If my era was today, I would bet anybody that I would be the best in the world two or three times. The way football is overseas, I would definitely have over 50 goals per season. Easily. Especially in Spain

2017 12 23 Retrieve

[Rivaldo on Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo] I would like to play with Messi, it would be amazing. He is the best in the world, the one who makes more differences. Ronaldo? He is the most dangerous player at Real. It is hard to stop him, like Messi, because both score a lot of goals and you never know what is going to be the next thing they will invent for scoring. In my time there were more players than today challenging for being the best in the world. I remember Luis Figo, Alexsandro Del Piero or Francesco Totti, now you always hear about the same players and I am pretty sure I could challenge with Messi and Ronaldo because football was harder in my times. I am not here for controversy, I’ll just say that both are very good players. However, in my time you could find more quality players than today, in which you only hear about Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar

2019 04 20 Retrieve

[Rivaldo tells that he believes Lionel Messi is worthy of the ultimate triumph on the world stage] It’s impossible to describe Messi. I like him so much and I always say I feel so sad because he never won the World Cup with Argentina. It is an award he deserves because a world-class player like him must be a world champion

2019 06 26 Retrieve

[The Brazil legend has defended the forwards after his former boss Louis van Gaal accused the pair of not being team players] Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo are difference-making players and neither the team nor the coach knows how they do those otherworldly things. But there are many coaches who do not like these players because they detract from the coach himself, so they prefer to talk about these players as if they do not know how to play as a team and they are good only individually

I prefer difference-making players because football is joy and everyone likes something different. The team is always important, but you need to have different players who can do something more on the pitch

2019 10 19 Retrieve

[Rivaldo remembers his incredible Barcelona hat-trick in 2001] I remember having to really focus on controlling the ball properly to set up the bicycle kick. You may well plan something in football but it is not always easy to make it real, so thank god that it happened on that occasion. It wasn’t easy as I was stood outside of the box, far away from the goal, so really it was a perfect strike

2019 11 16 Retrieve

[Rivaldo blasts Brazil for giving AC Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta number 10 shirt and hooking him at half-time] I watched the match between Brazil v Argentina and was very sad to see what happened with the number 10 shirt. They gave the shirt to Paqueta against Argentina. A shirt that is respected worldwide. This shirt is not meant to be on the bench, let alone go off at half-time, because it is the shirt the world knows and respects because it was worn and honoured by Pele, Rivelino, Zico, Rivaldo, Kaka, Ronaldinho, Neymar. The player is not to blame, but the coaching staff is, because they know the weight of this shirt and also that it could burn the 22-year-old, who can have a great future with the Brazilian team. Just as the coach wanted to protect Rodrygo, who is playing very well at Real Madrid, for this match, he could have protected Paqueta from playing with that shirt. We all know that Brazil and Argentina will never be a friendly match

2019 12 06 Retrieve

[Barcelona legend Rivaldo says Lionel Messi won’t retire anytime soon] Messi talked about a potential retirement in the next few years at the Ballon d’Or ceremony and has started loads of rumours. It’s normal that a 32-year-old footballer starts to think about his future but it will depend on how things go at Barcelona. If he feels important to the club and keeps on winning trophies, he won’t leave or retire anytime soon, but in the next couple of years it could be different if he starts feeling it’s harder to keep up with the young talent in the team. If he feels that he may just become an extra part of the team, and not the main focus, he should consider leaving for another competition. He still wants to win the World Cup and the Copa America with Argentina, so he should stay and play at the highest level until 2022 to cement his place in the team. It’s still too early though

2019 12 17 Retrieve

[Rivaldo wants Neymar back at Barcelona] Messi won’t last forever. One day his final match will arrive and he will leave football. Now he is making the difference, scoring goals … but you have to have another player to play his actual role. Just one player can be the substitute of Messi at Barcelona and that player is Neymar. He was wrong leaving Barcelona, but, if he returns, he will be able to make the difference as Messi is doing now

[Rivaldo added on the impact Messi could make] It’s difficult to stop him, but I’m sure Real Madrid will try their best, because if not, he will score goals. A Clasico is a different match, but Messi is always calm in these matches. He’s always looking for a goal. I do really think both teams are playing well and they are both in good condition to play this match. As I always say, there are no favourites

2020 01 10 Retrieve

[Barcelona capitulated in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final against Atletico Madrid, throwing away a 2-1 lead to lose 3-2 in Jeddah. Ernesto Valverde’s time as Barcelona coach is up and everybody knows it.] [This defeat] reminded me of the previous fiascos in the Champions League

2020 01 15 Retrieve

[Rivaldo says Barcelona were ‘naive’ & ‘disrespectful’ in how they handled Ernesto Valverde sacking] It’s clear that Barcelona didn’t deal well with this change of manager. They were a little naive and perhaps disrespectful with Valverde; it is never a positive action to start negotiating with a new manager while the current one is still working.

Of course, Xavi and Ronald Koeman rejecting their proposals also added to that problem creating lots of speculation, before they finally announced Quique Setien. Football is a cut-throat business, of course, but we all know that the process wasn’t well driven by Barca’s board. Clubs like Barcelona or Real Madrid should always have back-up managers in order to avoid such situations.

Yes, it isn’t pretty to talk to other managers before really wanting to sign them, but if you manage to identify one or two realistic targets who probably accept an offer when it comes, you can avoid these kind of tough situations

I’m convinced that Xavi will sign as Barcelona manager in the future and he is already getting prepared for that, starting his managerial career in Qatar. I think he turned down Barca’s offer because he’s not yet ready to embrace such a task in an early phase of his new job as a manager. For now, he prefers to keep gaining experience and maturity as a coach. But while he didn’t accept such responsibility now and will wait for the right moment, I’m sure he would be Barca’s coach someday and hopefully with success.

In the case of Koeman, it’s different. He is an experienced manager with an international reputation and would have been a very good option. He is well known worldwide, has a good knowledge of the club and is used to big pressure like he will find in the Champions League and other competitions. But it didn’t turn out to be the time for his comeback

2020 01 24 Retrieve

[Rivaldo backs PSG raid with Suarez injured] Cavani would be a magnificent improvement for Barcelona’s attack now that Suarez is out for quite some time. After all, Cavani is a top forward who has always got his goals in Europe’s top leagues. In his case it seems he’s really close to leaving PSG and it would be a very good opportunity

[Rivaldo on Valencia star Rodrigo Moreno] Rodrigo Moreno’s one of the best goalscorers in La Liga and a key player for Celades. I imagine that negotiations will not be easy, it would reinforce a direct opponent. They would have to pay a lot to sign him

2020 02 07 Retrieve

[Rivaldo says Barcelona need Neymar back to make the difference when Messi is not there] Barcelona need to find a player who makes the difference when Messi isn’t there or it’s not his night, as happened at San Mames. The club should look for a player to accompany him and replace him when necessary and, in my opinion, Neymar is that player. Barca should perhaps continue considering signing him next summer. The club isn’t responsible for Neymar leaving a couple of years ago. It’s been a while since then and perhaps it’s time for negotiations that allow him to return and spend the best years of his career at Camp Nou

2020 02 08 Retrieve

[Rivaldo says ‘Complete defender’ Pablo Mari tipped to shine at Arsenal] I think Pablo Mari will fit in very well at Arsenal and in the Premier League. He is a good player that struggled to impose himself in Europe as a loaned player of Man City for a while, but he really convinced people being part of a great Flamengo team last season. He is very complete as a defender - capable of bringing the ball forward when necessary and a threat on set pieces. He has good passing skills as well and I liked what I saw from him. In Brazil, everyone has good opinion about him, and he could be a very successful option for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta

There have been some wonderful Spanish players to play for Arsenal. Fabregas, Cazorla, Reyes … they’re all great Spanish players that have passed through this club. One of those legends that we have with us now is Mikel. He was a very important player for Arsenal and now this is a new project for him as coach, but I think he’s going to repeat what he achieved when he was a player. Personally I look up to him and the career he had at Arsenal. That’s what I’ve been working for all these years. I’d love to be at Arsenal for a long time and I hope to give the Gunners some victories to celebrate again

2020 02 13 Retrieve

[Rivaldo expects Messi to retire at Camp Nou] I’m not buying the speculation about a potential Lionel Messi move from Barcelona at the end of the season. Honestly, I think he will end his career at Camp Nou. He has been one of us since he was 14-years-old. He has a big affection for the club and the club for him, so I don’t think he would benefit from leaving. I see him as a player of just one club, like Francesco Totti in AS Roma or Rogerio Ceni at Sao Paulo. It’s tough to conceive of the idea of watching Messi playing against Barca in the Champions League, so even if he leaves in the future I imagine him more outside Europe, in China or the MLS on a transfer motivated more by financial than sporting reasons

He hasn’t scored in his last three matches and many commentators are saying the problem at the club, following Messi’s criticism of Eric Abidal, is the main reason for that. But I don’t see it that way and think we’ll soon have Messi scoring again. The team has returned to winning ways, as we saw last weekend when they beat Real Betis 3-2. Messi provided his team-mates with two assists and that’s important as he plays a central role in Barca’s attack, with his passing skills crucial to generating good chances. His class is undeniable, so I don’t see reasons for concern

Manchester City are among the clubs being linked to Messi. The Argentinian attacker could play at any club in the world but, as Pep Guardiola said recently, Messi should continue at Barcelona. Other rumours mention Juventus as another possible club for Messi and there he could form a delightful partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo. That seems highly unlikely. Yes, it would be a pleasure to see two huge players playing together, but I don’t see it as a realistic move

2020 02 21 Retrieve

[Rivaldo says Man City ban could lead Guardiola back to Barcelona] Manchester City have been banned from the Champions League for two seasons for failing to comply with UEFA Financial Fair Play rules. City are appealing but the case should be a warning to all clubs that rules must be obeyed. If City do miss two years of Champions League football, then it could be a great chance for Pep Guardiola to return to Barcelona next season. But it would depend on club’s performance until the end of the season. If Barca win the Champions League this season under Quique Setien and produce a decent finish to the campaign in La Liga, there won’t be any reasons for a managerial change. But if the team doesn’t fulfil expectations and disappoints their fans, then perhaps there is a real chance of seeing Guardiola back at the club where he was most successful.

It’s still too early to seriously consider that possibility and we must wait until the end of this season. Will City’s suspension be upheld? Will Barca want to change coach again so soon after Setien took over from Ernesto Valverde? We will have to wait for a little while to find out the answers to these intriguing questions

Martin Braithwaite has joined Barcelona from Leganes, a minor team that is struggling to avoid relegation and which could be seriously harmed by losing the player. With all the respect to Braithwate, who looks like he possesses quality, I thought Barca should sign a younger player. If Braitwhaite, who’s 28, has signed for 18m euros he should be a regular starter, trying to replace [Luis] Suarez permanently.

I didn’t agree with this transfer for a couple reasons: it was made after the deadline and Barcelona could have promoted young players to the senior squad instead. Furthermore, the team is improving lately and playing better, so I don’t see reasons to grab an attacker who, again with respect, I doubt could be the player the club needs now

2020 02 29 Retrieve

[Rivaldo says Barcelona have become even more dependent on Lionel Messi this season] Barcelona will go to the Santiago Bernabeu with a two-point lead over Real Madrid in La Liga. But the match won’t be decisive in the title race, as we have seen both teams lose points to smaller clubs. It would, though, give Barca a nice cushion and the satisfaction of leaving their old enemy’s season in tatters. But they are yet to improve under new boss Quique Setien and the team haven’t truly found their best form this season. They have great players but they need to be much better in possession. They also need to shoot more from outside the box to surprise their opponents. They are playing with a new system which makes them even more dependent on Messi, as he is responsible for making a difference with his dribbling, shooting from outside the area and combining with teammates. But as we saw against Napoli in the Champions League this week, Messi is targeted by opponents and if he doesn’t show up the team immediately feels it. That said, I believe Barca earned an important equaliser at Napoli and taking a 1-1 back to Camp Nou should be enough to help them seal qualification in the second leg

Barca have injuries and suspensions to contend with for their second leg against Napoli. This comes from the club’s bad planning after some players left in January and almost no reinforcements arrived. Arturo Vidal was sent off at Napoli but a player of his experience should have controlled himself and remembered that referees are less tolerant in the Champions League than in La Liga. In the meantime, [Gerard] Pique’s possible absence in El Clasico could be a huge blow to Barca. He is a leader on the pitch and responsible for organizing the defence. I believe he will recover in time as he is a fighter always ready to give everything for the club. Luis Suarez will be missed by Barca but they should start using his new signing Martin Braithwaite more often. You can’t sign a 28-year-old forward for 18 million euros to simply stay on the bench and play a few minutes. It’s up to the manager to start using him more regularly

2020 03 03 Retrieve

[Rivaldo says Lionel Messi has nobody to help him with Luis Suarez out] As usual, Lionel Messi had little space to play in. He is Barca’s match winner and if he is well defended their chances of being threatening in attack are severely reduced. At the moment, he is the only Barcelona player taking responsibility with the ball, shooting from outside the box and trying to unbalance opposing defenders. No one else in the team seems capable of helping him in that department. That makes things tough for the Argentinian

Without Luis Suarez, Barcelona loses a lot because, apart from Messi, they have no other player who can surprise opponents. The Uruguayan works hard, is fearless and puts opposing defences to the sword very often. Barca are missing Suarez and, in his absence, they’re putting all the responsibility on Messi. When they lose, everyone starts asking what happened to Messi. He is always the target of fans’ frustration when things don’t go so well for the team but that’s unfair

Quique Setien’s players knew El Clasico was a big chance for them to run away at the top of La Liga. By losing at Santiago Bernabeu, they should feel they wasted an opportunity at an important stage of the season.

Barca played well in the first half and could have scored the first goal, which would have changed the approach of both teams. But they weren’t clinical and in the second half Madrid managed to play better and take advantage of their chances.

In these kinds of matches, every detail can make the difference and if Barcelona had scored first I’m sure things would have been different. But it didn’t happen that way this time and Madrid ended up taking more risks in the second-half and were rewarded for that

2020 03 19 Retrieve

[Rivaldo wants to see Coutinho return to Liverpool form] It looks like Bayern Munich won’t pay Philippe Coutinho’s option clause at the end of the season and the player is likely to return to Barcelona. I always thought Coutinho would adapt better to Spanish football than German, as there are some language and lifestyle issues that could be a little different for a Brazilian in Germany. Unfortunately, it hasn’t gone well for the player in either league and he will be returning to Barcelona. It’s up to the club and manager to decide whether he is going to have another chance next season or not.

If the chance comes, Coutinho really needs to step up and show the great player he is, just like he did in England with Liverpool and has done with the Brazilian national team for which he is still an important player. I believe in his qualities and think much will depend on his will and mental strength. He must prove that others were wrong to write him off and that he can still make the difference for any team. Playing for Barcelona is a unique chance for a player and perhaps Coutinho’s experience in the Bundesliga has made him wake up and see that Barca could be the right place for him. Of course, it might not turn out to be the case and he could join a Premier League club. Barca might prefer to get back some of his investment in the player. I think Coutinho should fight to stay at Barca and try to convince the club of his qualities. That would be a real demonstration of his personality

2020 03 19b Retrieve

[Rivaldo says Too soon for Barcelona to consider Griezmann sale] Many Barca fans were expecting much more from Antoine Griezmann in his first season at Barcelona, especially without Coutinho as well as Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele due to injury. But I don’t believe it’s time to start thinking of selling the player.

A world champion, who is well-adapted to Spanish football after his time at Atletico Madrid, would be expected to make a bigger impact at Camp Nou. But Griezmann is still capable of making the difference, especially in Lionel Messi’s absence, so we must wait and see if he can get adapt to Barca’s system. Griezmann has the quality to succeed at the club.

His first season is reminding me of Coutinho. Both were playing great football when they arrived at the club but didn’t manage to replicate it at Barcelona. I think he needs to dedicate himself a little bit more to truly produce his best football and become a decisive member of Quique Setien’s team

Barca’s late signing Martin Braithwaite has recently arrived at the club and was starting to earn some minutes before La Liga gets suspended. He arrived to replace Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele and needs to have more opportunities soon to convince his new manager and fans. This pause in La Liga isn’t beneficial for his career as he could have less time to consolidate himself - especially because Suarez is having more time to recover - and next season he could also have Coutinho fighting for a place in the starting 11. If he didn’t manage to play regularly in the next few months he could end up being forgotten as better players will come and he could never had the same chances that he would have now to perform as an important role at Barcelona squad.

2020 03 26 Retrieve

[Rivaldo says Ter Stegen deserves new Barcelona contract] Barcelona are negotiating a contract renewal with the goalkeeper ter Stegen, and I agree that he deserves an improved salary for all he has been doing for the club in the last few years. Of course, much will depend on the player’s demands as I don’t believe either that he should earn a similar salary to Suarez or Messi, but he should become one of the better paid members of the squad. He transmits safety and a team is built from the back. He knows how to play with his feet, has already saved the team many times and he’s clearly deserving of a better income

2020 03 26b Retrieve

[Rivaldo reveals Brazil star’s infamous free-kick against England was intentional] I remember well that match against England at World Cup 2002 in which we won 2-1. Ronaldinho gave a brilliant performance that day, setting up an excellent play and assisting me for our first goal. My goal was important for us, as we managed to equalise right before half-time. Then at the second half, he scored that famous goal from way outside the box that surprised David Seaman and all the world, me included. I never thought he could try such strike, but it worked perfectly. After the match, he told me that he knew that Seaman had that tendency to take one or two steps forward at free kicks and so he tried to surprise him. That match was particularly remarkable because Ronaldinho was sent off with half an hour to play and we had to fight hard to contain English pressure until the end. To score a goal from such a tough position, and with your right foot, is amazing because it would be more plausible for a lefty to do it. For Ronaldinho, though, there were no impossible tasks and it was a joy to watch him play and to share the pitch with him many times

2020 03 26c Retrieve

[Barcelona legend Rivaldo has reiterated his desire to see Neymar taken back to Camp Nou] I’ve been saying for a while that I believe in Neymar. Perhaps leaving Barcelona was a mistake for the Brazilian but, if there’s any chance of getting him back for less than the €222m Barca paid for him, the club should seize the opportunity. At 28, he still has a lot of football to play. He would be a great signing for Barca as they would be getting someone who knows the club and who has the personality to make the difference in games. He wouldn’t be daunted by sharing the pitch with Lionel Messi and the Argentinian would enjoy having him back on the team

[Speculation is building when it comes to Lautaro’s future] Rumours say that Barcelona are considering trying to sign the young Argentinian attacker Lautaro Martínez from Inter, but I think that the 22-year-old needs to keep developing and gaining experience. He’s already a valuable player for Inter, and could become a top player in the future, but he’s not ready for Barca. Barcelona should focus on bringing Neymar back, to reunite him with Messi and Luis Suarez in the devastating attack they had in the past. They should make every financial effort to get Neymar because it seems PSG are now more open to realistic offers. They should do everything necessary to sign a player who’s already proved his value and wouldn’t be a risky signing. Neymar has already won the Champions League with Barcelona, has impressed in the Blaugrana shirt many times, and after apologising to the fans for his unexpected exit to PSG, I think everything will be ok. He could conquer the Camp Nou fans with his brilliant game

2020 03 30 Retrieve

[Barcelona legend Rivaldo believes his former club should focus on ready-made players] I think that [Lautaro] needs to keep developing and gaining experience. He’s already a valuable player for Inter, and could become a top player in the future, but he’s not ready for Barca

2020 04 03 Retrieve

[Rivaldo says Neymar is ready to lead Barcelona alongside Messi] The rumours are growing about Barcelona’s intention to sign Neymar and Lautaro Martinez in the next transfer window. Although the young Argentinian is a good player, I think that only Neymar is a certain bet to claim a place in the starting XI side by side with Messi. Looking at the last few years we have seen many valuable players who didn’t manage to play alongside Messi - failing to perform under the expectations. But Neymar - like Luis Suárez - is one of the few players in the world that doesn’t feel pressure on the pitch, always playing with plenty of personality. He never gets frightened and it would be a safe option for the club while Martinez is a young, talented forward that perhaps in two or three years may become a good signing. For now I think the club should prioritise Neymar. I’m a fan of his qualities and personality and I know that sometimes I’m liable to criticism as some Barcelona fans didn’t like the way Neymar decided to leave the club. But the truth is that he is a different player now who should be a nice help to Messi and co. in trying to win another Champions League.

2020 04 03b Retrieve

[Rivaldo says Xavi would be under pressure as Barcelona boss due to Guardiola similarities] I believe that Xavi will become Barcelona manager in the future as he is not only a good person who knows the club inside out, but also seems to have good qualities as manager. In the right moment he will know that the time to coach Barcelona has come and he will try to get his Barca team close to his golden generation at the Camp Nou. The pressure of raising the club to that level will be high, especially because he had a similar professional career to Pep Guardiola, a somewhat identical style of playing and could now replicate a system in which he was a maestro. Of course, it won’t be easy to make anything similar and he would need to have the right players at the right time to put his system working perfectly. When you have got this kind of pressure it’s because other people trust you and you are in charge of a big club with huge ambitions. Any manager would love to coach Barcelona. Much will depend on the players he has when he arrives in Barcelona. He must add two or three key pieces to strengthen the group and give him a chance of matching Guardiola’s levels

2020 04 09 Retrieve

[Rivaldo not convinced by Barcelona exit talk] Inter’s president Massimo Moratti said this week that he could bring Lionel Messi to the club and resume his personal clash with Cristiano Ronaldo in Italy, but as I’ve said before I don’t believe that the Argentinian would leave Barcelona for any other European club.

I think he has no reasons to leave Spain, but if that happens one day then he could sign for a club from China or MLS, but only when he stops being so decisive for the Catalan outfit.

Even if a move to Inter could be financially encouraging for the player, I suspect that wouldn’t be enough to convince him and I think this is more like propaganda from Inter’s president than a real possibility in the next transfer market.

Of course, Inter is a big European club that have recruited excellent players in the past and managed to win some important titles, but I can’t imagine Messi changing club while he is still at his best level at Barcelona.

There were also rumours about potential interest from Manchester City, but their manager Pep Guardiola considers Messi to be where he should be and is still playing at a high enough level to help Barcelona very much.

So, to sum up I consider that these are just rumours and believe Messi should finish his career in Europe after representing just one club. If he does leave, then it will be to China or a north American club where he can enjoy a different environment with not as much pressure and competitiveness

2020 04 16 Retrieve

[Rivaldo says Barcelona should offload World Cup winner] Ousmane Dembele signed for Barcelona almost three years ago and he has already had enough time to establish himself in the club and prove his value. It’s possible that he will never show his quality at the club. He is still a player with huge potential, but I think this summer could be the right opportunity for Barcelona to sell or even exchange him for a player they’re chasing already. He’s been unlucky with injuries, but he might also have tried to give more at some moments. Things haven’t gone according to expectations and he might be able to revive his career at another club where he will feel more confident to play at his best. Barcelona seems to be trying to sign Neymar and Lautaro Martinez, so Dembele will probably struggle to get in the first team next season. Additionally, Barcelona would need to reduce its squad and earn some money if they really want to succeed in bringing in their current targets. To sign new players, others must leave

2020 04 16b Retrieve

[Rivaldo says Keep Griezmann & avoid Aubameyang] There are growing rumours about a potential Antoine Griezmann transfer to Internazionale in exchange for Lautaro Martínez or even a deal that could see the Frenchman go to PSG and Neymar come the other way. But I believe that Barca’s board will give Griezmann more time to make an impression at the club. In Italy, Griezmann would have more difficulties and I think his future is in La Liga where he is well-adapted and ready to show his best game regularly. Barcelona just needs to be a little more patient before he builds more confidence and starts playing with more personality

Barcelona always looks for the best players available in the market and Aubameyang is obviously a great player who could be a boost for the club. But other than simply signing a player, Barcelona must study if a certain player will fit into their current system, or if a transfer could end up forcing the new player to play in a different role, harming his own performance and potentially causing the team problems as well. So, it’s crucial to analyse these factors carefully before making an offer to sign a player, as it isn’t just the taste of the president and board that should decide this kind of stuff. You need to understand if the manager would approve of it and will have a space for the player in his system. To fit on a new team’s system is crucial, so Barcelona must be aware of that all the time and ask: Would that player fit on Quique Setien’s system?

2020 04 23 Retrieve

[Rivaldo says Coutinho can get back to his best at Chelsea] After a season and a half at Barcelona and one more at Bayern Munich without managing to have the same success he had at Liverpool, I believe that this chance Philippe Coutinho now has of continuing his career at Chelsea could be a good option. He will move to a big club and to a country and competition he knows well where he had his best years so far, so if that transfer really happens, I’m sure he will have a good chance of seeing things improve for him in the future, after all, he has already shined on the Premier League before. Looking at Coutinho’s last few years we can say that he didn’t achieve what was expected of him, but he still has time to recover his best football and with his confidence back he could easily become the same player he was at Liverpool. I consider this to be just a not-so-good spell for him, but we can’t say that he is playing poorly because it would be a lie, things are simply not running as well as many would expect when he left Liverpool to sign for Barcelona. He is still a regular in the Brazilian national team and just hasn’t been lucky enough at Barcelona or Bayern, but perhaps that could change with a new club and I believe this would be a nice opportunity for him to get back to his best football at Chelsea. Furthermore, next year we’ll have Copa America and one year later the World Cup, so it would be important for Coutinho to be playing at a good European club in order not to lose his place in the national team when those big tournaments come around.

2020 04 30 Retrieve

[Willian could do well at Barcelona but Mourinho reunion at Spurs another good option] Willian has been linked in the past with Barcelona and I think he could do well there, because of his personality and ability to make the difference at important moments. In the last few years, Barcelona has signed some big players, like Antoine Griezmann, who are yet to produce their best football with Lionel Messi by their side. Perhaps the responsibility and pressure has been too much for them. I do not know how it would work for Willian, but what I’m suggesting is that Barcelona need to consider carefully their signings for big money as things have not gone so well recently in the transfer market for them. Players seem to get intimidated by Messi’s presence, and that has been a recent problem for the club. The club need to carefully evaluate a player’s personality, weigh up his ability to succeed and impose himself at Camp Nou

Willian is attracting some headlines in England as his contract with Chelsea is expiring this summer and there are strong rumours that he may move to a London rival soon. Yes, Willian is already playing at a big club, but he has been there for a long time and perhaps he needs a new challenge to recapture his will and motivation at this point in his career in the Premier League. A move to Tottenham could be a good option, especially because Willian would reunite with his former coach Jose Mourinho there, and the pair seem to have a good relationship. Furthermore, we all know that Mourinho has a special affection for Brazilian players and I am sure he would give lots of opportunities to Willian at Spurs

2020 05 01 Retrieve

[Rivaldo says Selling Arthur could harm Barcelona’s chances of signing Neymar] There are lots of rumours about potential Barcelona transfers this summer and some press recently mentioned that Arthur could leave. I believe this is just talk and expect Arthur to stay at the club for many years. He hasn’t completed two complete seasons there yet. He arrived as the potential successor to Xavi because of his similar style of play, so it makes no sense to sell him when he is just 23 and has his career ahead of him. Furthermore, Arthur has a good relationship with Neymar and selling the youngster could harm Barca’s chances of bringing Neymar back. Of course, a potential Arthur move won’t cancel a Neymar deal as he as many other friends at Barcelona. But I think it’s important to keep a solid base to the squad and having Arthur could help persuade Neymar to return to the club.

2020 05 14 Retrieve

[Rivaldo says Chelsea will not have been put off Philippe Coutinho by the Brazilian’s recent injury issues] Chelsea are the favourites to sign Coutinho and I don’t believe they will be put off by his recent injury. After all, next season is still very distant and he will have enough time to a completely recover. On the other hand, if the transfer doesn’t go forward and he stays at Barcelona perhaps a salary reduction, based on the player’s decision, could earn plaudits from the club’s board and maybe let him show that he is eager to remain at the club and finally prove his worth. Yes, there are many clubs already reducing their players’ salaries because of coronavirus crisis, but if the player takes a step forward in that themselves it would be seen as the attitude of someone interested in remaining at the club. Much could happen before next season and we can only wait for the next chapters of this story.

I still believe Coutinho has the quality to succeed. But sometimes football is tough and volatile. The misfortune you might have at one moment can be overcome, so Coutinho must keep calm and be confident about the future because he has lots of quality to shine at any club. This is a delicate moment for him and he must stay positive that things will turn for the better soon.

2020 05 15 Retrieve

[Rivaldo hoping Arthur isn’t used in swap deal] Rumours are circulating that Barca might be interested in signing Miralem Pjanic from Juventus, and despite being a good player, I believe the club should focus more on the present and on what is still to play for in La Liga this season. There will be time to think about transfers, especially because some must leave before others come in, and the club need to ensure they don’t create a squad that’s too big and would leave some players without the chance to play. Juventus seem interested in a potential exchange of Pjanic for Arthur Melo and of course I think the Brazilian would be a great signing for the Italians as he is a world-class player. Anyway, I still think Arthur should remain at Barcelona as he is young and arrived recently at the club. Soon he will confirm his place in the first team and start to fulfil his potential

2020 05 21 Retrieve

[Former Barcelona and Brazil star Rivaldo has urged Gareth Bale to cut short his troubled spell at Real Madrid and become a star with Newcastle United] There are rumours that Gareth Bale is being offered to MLS clubs and that he is looking forward to a move to the US soon, but I still think he has something left to show in European football at 30-years-old, before moving to the MLS. I believe his career at Real Madrid is coming to an end, as his chances in the starting 11 will be limited, especially with potential new arrivals this summer. The club no longer trusts him to be a decisive player after some internal problems in the last few years. For that reason, leaving Real Madrid seems highly probable, but I suppose he should continue in Europe for at least two or three more years and perhaps moving to the Premier League would be the best option for him now. Newcastle should receive a big money injection this summer with a new owner coming to town and this could be a great destination for Gareth Bale, as he could reassume his superstar status at the club and keep earning a big amount of money. It would be a great chance for him to prove he is still a top-class player and be considered again one of the best in the world, so if this offer really comes, I think he should accept it. At Newcastle, he would be the biggest star of the team and could lead a rejuvenated squad to a good Premier League campaign

2020 05 23 Retrieve

[Rivaldo says Barcelona shouldn’t sign Bruno Guimaraes for the sake of it] Bruno Guimaraes seems to be a good player who could arrive in Catalunya at a very young age and become an important member of the Barca team in the future. But Barcelona should focus first on creating space in the squad to incorporate new players and allow them to play regularly. Signing players just for the sake of signing, and not paying attention at a player’s style and to the way he could adapt to Barcelona’s system, would be a mistake. The club should first think and evaluate the player carefully. That said, the player is showing good signs at Lyon and at 22 he has time to become a top player

The player Barca signed to replace Suárez could lose his place in the team now. Martin Braitwhaite cannot compete with Suarez, but the new signing needs to keep focused and work hard to take advantage of any chance he might have. It’s not certain that Suarez will reach 100% of his form, and that may allow Braithwate to play sometimes coming from the bench and that’s going to be his crucial moment to try to convince the club of keeping him for next season. A few months ago it was almost impossible to see Luis Suárez getting back on the pitch before the end of the season. But the suspension of football has allowed him to recover in time to help the team and it will be such a boost for Barca that it will be almost like they’ve signed a new and brilliant player

2020 06 05 Retrieve

[Iniesta’s comments echoed those of Rivaldo, who also believes Griezmann deserves time to shine at Camp Nou] There are growing rumours about a potential Antoine Griezmann transfer to Internazionale in exchange for Lautaro Martinez or even a deal that could see the Frenchman go to PSG and Neymar come the other way. But I believe that Barca’s board will give Griezmann more time to make an impression at the club. In Italy, Griezmann would have more difficulties and I think his future is in La Liga where he is well-adapted and ready to show his best game regularly. Barcelona just needs to be a little more patient before he builds more confidence and starts playing with more personality

2020 06 05b Retrieve

[Rivaldo on Arthur] There are lots of rumours about potential Barcelona transfers this summer and some press recently mentioned that Arthur could leave. I believe this is just talk and expect Arthur to stay at the club for many years. He hasn’t completed two complete seasons there yet. He arrived as the potential successor to Xavi because of his similar style of play, so it makes no sense to sell him when he is just 23 and has his career ahead of him. Furthermore, Arthur has a good relationship with Neymar and selling the youngster could harm Barca’s chances of bringing Neymar back

2020 06 06 Retrieve

[Rivaldo doubts Lautaro can be signed] There are rumours suggesting that PSG might be interested in Ousmane Dembele and, even though I think Dembele is a great player, I believe this could be a good opportunity for Barcelona to finally bring Neymar back. Of course, Barca will need to pay some additional money to pull off the deal, but I think this could be a mutually beneficial piece of business for both clubs. Dembele could see it as a good move, as he will have the chance to rediscover his best form and become one of PSG’s star players. He would be back in his native country and could produce solid performances, so I think this move would be interesting for him. But first we must wait to see if the clubs will reach an agreement

Barcelona seem to be keen to sign Lautaro Martínez and he is a great player that could fit in well at the club, especially as he is still young. Luis Suarez, the player he could replace in the long term, is not getting any younger but he probably has at least two or three more years at the highest level. The arrival of the promising Argentinian forward for around €100m would suggest that he is coming to be a starter, but unfortunately for him Suarez is still first choice up front and that might be a problem for Lautaro. If Barcelona are thinking about the Suarez succession in advance then Martinez would be an excellent signing. Inter are asking for a big fee and, with the coronavirus crisis causing clubs financial damage, Barcelona need to evaluate the situation and decide if they have enough money to complete the transfer. Barca’s interest in Lautaro could mean that the club have to give up on Neymar’s signing, as I think it is almost impossible to sign both players at the same time. Barcelona need to focus on landing just one of them and seal the deal. Either of them would be a good signing, but the club needs to think about the amounts involved and also about their manager’s wishes. What is the position that Quique Setien wants to reinforce now? Which player would be better suited to his plans? Only Setien knows

2020 06 13 Retrieve

[Rivaldo says Messi won’t want rest but he needs it] Lionel Messi had some physical issues last week, so there’s a lot of discussion about whether he play the whole game for Barcelona in their first game back against Mallorca on Saturday. Barca are two points head of Real Madrid at the top of the table so the title race is tight. If Barca can pull away, they could rest Messi in a few games. If the battle goes to the wire then he might have fewer chances to rest - perhaps only in games which Barca manage to dominate from the first-half - but it will be important for Quique Setien to manage his squad well, as it won’t just be Messi that will reach the first game still looking to be 100% fit, after all everyone has stopped and it’s not easy to resume on the best form. As we know, Messi is always in contention for the ‘Pichichi’ top scorer award in La Liga and always making the difference in the team, so he wants to be on the pitch all the time and it’s difficult for the manager to rotate him. He also fights for the Ballon d’Or every season and that’s on his mind regularly, so you can’t go to Messi and simply tell him ‘take a rest’.

2020 06 13b Retrieve

[Rivaldo says Vinicius has to keep flying at Real Madrid] Vinícius Junior was in his best form since his arrival at Real Madrid before the lockdown, scoring against Barcelona in El Clasico, but after the break many things can change. Madrid will have Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio back on track, so the Brazilian has two additional contenders for a starting place. The first games back will only tell us which players have reached their peak before the others. I’m backing Vinícius to restart well and continue his good form, but there is a chance that things might not go so well after a big gap without playing. But despite the competitiveness in the squad, I believe Zinedine Zidane will pick players who are in good form and not just because of his preference, so Vinícius must try to keep showing his best football to continue as a starter. As we used to say in Brazil, he needs to keep flying to earn his place in the team

2020 06 14 Retrieve

[Messi claims new La Liga record in Barcelona win] Lionel Messi had some physical issues last week, so there’s a lot of discussion about whether he play the whole game for Barcelona in their first game back against Mallorca on Saturday. Barca are two points head of Real Madrid at the top of the table so the title race is tight. If Barca can pull away, they could rest Messi in a few games. If the battle goes to the wire then he might have fewer chances to rest - perhaps only in games which Barca manage to dominate from the first-half - but it will be important for Quique Setien to manage his squad well, as it won’t just be Messi that will reach the first game still looking to be 100 per cent fit, after all everyone has stopped and it’s not easy to resume on the best form. As we know, Messi is always in contention for the ‘Pichichi’ top scorer award in La Liga and always making the difference in the team, so he wants to be on the pitch all the time and it’s difficult for the manager to rotate him. He also fights for the Ballon d’Or every season and that’s on his mind regularly, so you can’t go to Messi and simply tell him ‘take a rest’.

2020 06 17 Retrieve

[Rivaldo says Lionel Messi must help Antoine Griezmann start scoring goals to ensure the French attacker does not suffer the same fate as Philippe Coutinho] Barca have won both their games since the restart, with Antoine Griezmann as a starter, but he continues to be far from the player he was at Atletico Madrid and some are wondering if he may become a ‘new Coutinho’ at Barcelona. It’s harsh to start making those comparisons, but it’s up to the player to prove it on the pitch. The lack of goals is demotivating and damages Griezmann’s confidence, so I believe it’s important for Lionel Messi to help him. Messi could, for example, let Griezmann take penalties when Barcelona are winning comfortably - just to get the Frenchman scoring - just like he did with Luis Suarez in the past.

[Rivaldo admits the Blaugrana have not been at their best, but he feels it is too early to judge Quique Setien] Barcelona beat Leganes 2-0 last night but they didn’t produce a great performance and many are still sceptical about Quique Setien’s new system. I think it’s difficult to pass judgement after just two matches post-lockdown. We need to wait a few more weeks to see how the team evolves. It’s understandable that their rhythm and intensity isn’t at its peak yet as they were a lot of time without playing or training. There are players returning from injuries and others still looking to be fit, so we must give them some more time before deciding if Setien’s system can truly work in the long run. At the moment, and while the quality of play is not yet at his best, the most important thing is for Barcelona to continue grabbing wins, to keep the leadership of La Liga ahead of Real Madrid and put pressure on them

2020 06 26 Retrieve

[Barcelona continue to lean heavily on the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique, with Rivaldo adamant that an ageing squad is not a major concern for the Liga giants] These guys are important to the team, and have a bright future, but I don’t think they are the ones to make the difference. The responsibility should lie with the veterans, those with more experience and they are the players who must give more. I read in the press that they have many players over 30, but I don’t believe that’s a problem

It’s obvious that Barcelona have to improve their football, and that’s up to the coach, Setien has to find a formula to do something new. He needs to find a way to take advantage of the quality of the players he has at his disposal. Of course, recent matches make everyone doubt the progress because we’re used to seeing a different kind of Barcelona

I want to believe that the mediocre recent performances are the result of these strange times that we’re living in. I hope that in the next two or three matches they improve their level of playing

2020 06 28 Retrieve

[Ex-Barcelona and Brazil star Rivaldo fears Griezmann’s place at the club may be under threat and feels it is up to captain Lionel Messi to help boost his confidence] Barca have won both their games since the restart, with Antoine Griezmann as a starter, but he continues to be far from the player he was at Atletico Madrid and some are wondering if he may become a ‘new Coutinho’ at Barcelona. It’s harsh to start making those comparisons, but it’s up to the player to prove it on the pitch. The lack of goals is demotivating and damages Griezmann’s confidence, so I believe it’s important for Lionel Messi to help him. Messi could, for example, let Griezmann take penalties when Barcelona are winning comfortably - just to get the Frenchman scoring - just like he did with Luis Suarez in the past