Brazil legend Rivaldo has expressed his disappointment with Philippe Coutinho's exit from FC Barcelona and he thinks that Lionel Messi also contributed a wee bit to the former Liverpool man's departure to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Coutinho joined the Catalan giants from Liverpool in January 2018's transfer window in a £142m deal but struggled to reproduce the kind of form he showed for the Reds. The Brazilian scored 21 goals in 75 games in all competitions for Barcelona and produced 11 assists, winning La Liga twice and the Copa del Rey.
As reported in his interview with Betfair, Rivaldo revealed what went wrong for Coutinho at the Catalan capital. He said, "I always believed that Philippe Coutinho had the ability to succeed at Barcelona, but things were taking too much time and both parties agreed on a transfer to Bayern Munich."
Rivaldo continued, "I'm a little disappointed about his failure in gaining a regular place in the first team, but perhaps he was no longer confident about it and unhappy, so he opted for a move to another big club trying to finally recover his best football from his time at Liverpool."
Revealing the Messi factor among the whole Coutinho saga, Rivaldo claimed, "It's never easy to find your space in a team where Lionel Messi constantly takes all the credit and responsibility. There are few players in the world capable of reaching such situation and imposing themselves, and maybe Coutinho didn't have enough patience to find his spot in the team."
He concluded, "The Argentinian star (Messi) is the team leader and will keep playing at his best level for about three or four more years, so it is difficult to see other players shining at their best at Barcelona."