Brazilian football legend Rivaldo has claimed Neymar doesn't feel pressure on the pitch and suggests FC Barcelona should prioritise signing the PSG superstar over Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez - two high-profile names to have been linked with a move to the Catalan club in the upcoming summer transfer window.
Neymar had left Barcelona for a world-record-breaking transfer fee in 2017. But there has always been a suggestion the 28-year-old will one day to return to Camp Nou. Rumours had been rife last summer Barcelona would finally bring back their lost star, but a deal did not come to fruition before the transfer window slammed shut.
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"Looking at the last few years, we've seen many valuable players who haven't managed to play alongside Messi - failing to perform under the expectations. But Neymar - like Luis Suarez - is one of the few players in the world that doesn't feel pressure on the pitch." pic.twitter.com/UkyTk99sDZ
Rivaldo admits Lautaro Martinez is a good player but believes Neymar would be a better option to play alongside Lionel Messi.
"The rumours are growing about Barcelona's intention to sign Neymar and Lautaro Martinez in the next transfer window. Although the young Argentinian is a good player, I think that only Neymar is a certain bet to claim a place in the starting XI side by side with Messi," Rivaldo claimed in his column for Betfair [via Goal].
Rivaldo, who himself is a former Blaugrana player, also pointed out that many players have failed to play well alongside Messi at the La Liga club. "Looking at the last few years, we have seen many valuable players who didn't manage to play alongside Messi - failing to perform under the expectations." the Brazilian world cup winner said.
The 47-year-old went on to claim that Neymar, like Suarez, doesn't feel pressure on the pitch and is someone who never gets frightened.
"But Neymar - like Luis Suarez - is one of the few players in the world that doesn't feel pressure on the pitch, always playing with plenty of personality. He never gets frightened and it would be a safe option for the club while Martinez is a young, talented forward that perhaps in two or three years may become a good signing," he said.
Rivaldo also added that Neymar is a different player from the one that left Barcelona three years ago. The PSG star has been impressive for the French outfit this season and played a significant role in ensuring the Parisians progressed past Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.