Brazil legend Rivaldo has launched a scathing attack on the decision to give ​AC Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta the No.10 shirt for his country.


With Neymar still sidelined through injury, the sacred jersey was handed to 22-year-old Paqueta, who has only made 10 senior appearances for Brazil.


Despite this, he seems to be becoming an ever-present for the Brazilian national team, and it was confirmed prior to their 1-0 friendly defeat against Argentina that he would wear the famous No.10 shirt.

Lucas Paqueta,Rodrigo de Paul

However, Rivaldo has expressed his disagreement with the decision, branding it “disrespectful” for him to wear such an iconic number.


“I watched Brazil-Argentina and am sad to see the Number 10 shirt was given to Paqueta,” he said on ​Instagram.


“That jersey is known and respected all over the world, so cannot be given to someone who ought to be on the bench or play only half the game. That is disrespectful.


“It is famous because it was worn by the likes of Pele, Rivelino, Zico, Rivaldo, Kaka, Ronaldinho and Neymar. I don’t blame Paqueta at all, but Tite and his staff ought to know how much weight that jersey puts on your shoulders.

“They must not burn out a 22-year-old like Paqueta, who can have a great future ahead of him.


"In the same way the coach went out to protect Rodrygo, who is playing very well at Real Madrid, he could have protected Paqueta from playing in the No.10. We all know that Brazil and Argentina will never be a friendly match," he concluded.