Brazilian legend ​Rivaldo has criticised ​FC Barcelona's decision to sign Leganes striker ​Martin Braithwaite, that too when the transfer window is closed.


Rivaldo then went on and suggested that he would rather choose a talent from the Catalan club's famed academy than look for talent elsewhere.


"Honestly, I neither understand nor agree with [Braithwaite's] signing for several reasons," he told Betfair, as quoted by ​Marca.


The 47-year-old former striker continued by revealing why a talent from Barcelona's academy made more sense as he said, "Firstly, because this signing was made outside the window and, in addition, because Barcelona could have chosen a kid from La Masia instead of [making] this transfer."


Revealing what he genuinely feels about this signing, the World Cup winner stated, "I see no reason to make such an effort to incorporate a forward who, with all due respect, I doubt is the player that Barcelona need now. I was thinking of a younger player who could improve more."


Rivaldo then went on to discuss about recent reports regarding the controversial relationship between marketing consultancy I3 Ventures and Barcelona's president Josep Maria Bartomeu.




Commenting on the whole saga, the Brazilian maestro said, "I just hope that all of that is not true. If Barcelona have really paid to defame players, former players and former presidents on social networks, it would be very sad."


He continued, "This style of social media news is really annoying for the people affected, and even more so if it's the club that order it. Everyone should be pissed off."


To conclude, he expressed that he hopes that all the controversy won't affect the performance of key players such as Gerard Pique or ​Lionel Messi as he said, "[Messi and Pique] are symbols of the club who prove their loyalty and professionalism with each training session and match. Surely the fans know it, so they should not be worried about whether non-football issues can affect them or not."