A former Camp Nou favorite would like to see the Brazilian return to the club to ease the pressure on the shoulders of a talismanic star
Rivaldo urged Barcelona to sign Neymar again from Paris Saint Germain in the summer transfer window.
La Barca has undergone a frustrating 2019-20 campaign to date, slipping three points behind Real Madrid in the race for the La Liga title and exiting the Copa del Rey in the quarterfinals phase.
Quique Setien’s side came out of this competition after a 1-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao on Thursday, which involved a difficult week at the club on and off the pitch.
Messi publicly criticized Barca sports director Eric Abidal for accusing the team of killing tools towards the end of Ernesto Valverde’s reign at the club, leading to question marks about the future of Argentines at Camp Nou.
The six-time Golden Ball winner also said he wasn’t sure if Barca had done “everything they could” to bring Neymar back from PSG last summer, with the two clubs ultimately failing to reach a final deal. after months of negotiations.
Rivaldo thinks that a Brazilian, who joined PSG for a record share of € 222 million (£ 187 million / $ 241 million) in 2017, would be the ideal signature to slightly reduce the pressure of the number 10 of Barca.
“Barcelona have to find a player who makes a difference when Messi is not there or not his night, as happened in San Mames,” said former striker Blaugrana Betfair. “The club should look for a player to accompany him and replace him when necessary and, in my opinion, Neymar is that player.
“Maybe Barca should continue to consider signing it next summer. The club is not responsible for Neymar’s departure a couple of years ago.
“It’s been a while since then and maybe it’s time for negotiations that allow him to return and spend the best years of his career at the Camp Nou.”
Messi has contributed 14 goals and eight assists to the La Liga della Barca cause this season, also finding the net on five occasions in Cup competitions.
Setien has only thirty-two and Antoine Griezmann to call ahead at the moment, with Luis Suarez not expected to return to action until May after undergoing surgery for a knee injury last month.
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Ousmane Dembele also saw his spell extended on the sidelines after a persistent hamstring problem rekindled on his return to training earlier this week.
Blaugrana must now look forward to a match with Real Betis at Estadio Benito Villamarin on Sunday, which arrives six days before Getafe’s arrival at Camp Nou.