Neymar To Barcelona? He Is Ready To Lead Barca – Ex Player Backs Deal (See Details)
The Brazilian is a different player after his time spent in Paris and is prepared to come back to Catalonia, in accordance to the former Blaugrana star.
Neymar is ready to return to Barcelona and can cope with the pressure of leading the club alongside Lionel Messi, in accordance to Rivaldo.
The PSG attacker was keen on a Camp Nou comeback in the summer however the move failed to materialise before the transfer window slammed shut.
Speculation is building Neymar will make another play to rejoin Barcelona when the player movement period begins, with Antoine Griezmann linked to PSG in a sensational swap cross for the Brazil international.
Rivaldo – who made 256 appearances for the Blaugrana throughout 5 years – believes Neymar has matured into a player who can cope with the pressure of leading the club alongside Messi, with current signings such as Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele failing to live up to expectations.
He additionally cautioned the club should prioritise the signing of Neymar in advance of their other reported major target: Inter striker Lautaro Martinez.
“The rumours are growing about Barcelona’s intention to sign Neymar and Lautaro Martinez in the subsequent transfer window,” Rivaldo stated in a column for Betfair.
“Although the young Argentinian is a good player, I think that only Neymar is a sure bet to claim a place in the beginning XI side by side with Messi.
“Looking at the last few years we have seen many treasured players who did not 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 does not feel pressure on the pitch, constantly playing with plenty of personality.
“He in no way gets frightened and it would be a safe alternative for the club whilst Martinez is a young, talented forward that possibly in two or three years may also turn out to be a good signing.
“For now I think the club need to prioritise Neymar.
“I’m a fan of his qualities and personality and I know that every so often I’m liable to criticism as some Barcelona fans did not like the way Neymar decided to depart the club.
“But the reality is that he is a different player now who should be a high-quality help to Messi and co. in trying to win another Champions League.”
Neymar spent 4 years at Barcelona from 2013 to 2017, winning the Champions League, two La Liga titles and three Copas Del Rey before making the shock move to PSG.