Brazil Legend Rivaldo Claims Neymar Next Face Of Barcelona

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Barcelona Legend Rivaldo Says Club Are Headed For Glory With Ernesto Valverde and Neymar Jr In Their Ranks 

Barcelona Legend Rivaldo Says Club Are Headed For Glory With Ernesto Valverde and Neymar Jr In Their Ranks

Spanish outfit Barcelona failed to win any kind of silverware last season in what was Luis Enrique’s final year at the Camp Nou.

The Catalan giants won two league titles and a Champions League title under the Spanish manager, who won the Copa del Rey in every season he was incharge of the club in the last three seasons.

However, he decided to quit the club come the end of the previous season and Barcelona did not take too long to make sure that they find an able replacement.

The La Liga runners up decided to appoint former Athletic Bilbao manager Ernesto Valverde as the new coach at the Camp Nou but there are a number of people questioning his ability to take Barcelona to the top of Europe yet again.

Valverde is yet to take on a job of this stature and there will be doubts among the supporters till he delivers but he has found a friend in former Barcelona legend Rivaldo.

A legend of the game, Rivaldo spent a few exhilarating and trophy winning in Catalonia and has ever since been interested in the happenings at the Camp Nou.

Rivaldo talks Valverde

And he has recently spoken about how Valverde and Brazilian international Neymar Jr, can help Barcelona reach their previous heights yet again.


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Speaking to the Spanish news outfit AS, Rivaldo that the 53-year old is an excellent appointment for Barcelona and felt that he could help take the side and establish themselves as one of the best clubs in Europe.

“Valverde is a great coach, he’s done many good things at Athletic, and in Greece too. I’m sure it will be a good season for Barcelona because they have a great coach, as well as a great team, one of the best in the world,” Rivaldo said.

Neymar, Paulinho and more

The former Barcelona star also spoke about the importance of Brazilian star Neymar Jr in the first team and was all praise for the 25-year old.

As reported by AS, Rivaldo said: “Neymar will follow in Messi’s footsteps. He’s happy at Barca and will do great things at Barca.”


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He also spoke about Barcelona’s interest in another Brazilian in Paulinho.

Barcelona had bids of €20 million (£17.5 million) and €27 million (£23.6 million) turned down for the Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder but Rivaldo thinks he is the right man for Barca.

He said: “(Paulinho) is a great player. I don’t know how the signing is getting on. If he signs it will be a great signing for us.”

Here is a video of his entire interview:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciApPGfMc60

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